The rate of type 1 diabetes is rising worldwide. Today, there’s no proven way to slow down or prevent type 1 diabetes. In an effort to find a way, the National Institute of Health has created a network of the world’s leading diabetes researchers, called type 1 diabetes TrialNet. (http://trialnet.diabetes.ufl.edu/) Click on the RESEARCH tab to find the various studies.
The largest of the TrialNet studies is the “Pathway to Prevention” study. If you have a relative with type 1 diabetes, your chances of being diagnosed with the disease are 15 times greater than a person with no family history of the disease. Although the symptoms of type 1 diabetes may seem to appear suddenly, research has found that the potential risk can be detected years before symptoms appear. This advanced knowledge provides a window of opportunity when steps can be taken to attempt to delay or prevent the disease.
TrialNet offers a simple blood test that can identify increased risk for type 1 diabetes up to 10 years before symptoms appear. This test looks for certain markers in the blood (called autoantibodies) that signal an increased risk for the disease. This valuable test is available at no charge. Eligibility for the “Pathway to Prevention” study for relatives of a person with type 1 diabetes is:
If you have any questions or are unsure about whether to have your family screened, please contact Cynthia Kemp at (941) 725-2614 or [email protected] Cynthia works for the UF Health Diabetes Institute to make screenings easy and convenient in southwest Florida.
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