SOURCE: Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet

December 04, 2007 16:16 ET

Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet Offering Free Testing to Uncover Ways to Prevent and Delay Disease Progression

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - December 4, 2007) - The number of people diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes is increasing every year, reaching epidemic proportions in some countries, with the greatest increase in children under age 5. When type 1 diabetes strikes, its lifelong sentence of injections and health complications can be devastating to the patient, or to the family of a young patient. But what about when it hits three children in the same family? And a fourth child shows early warning signs of a likelihood he too may develop the disease?

The Gould Family of Nashville, Tennessee is living this nightmare, and yet they are remaining positive and hoping their involvement in research will help save lives and possibly even find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet researchers at more than 150 medical centers are offering free screenings to relatives of people with type 1. A simple blood test can now reveal an increased risk of diabetes up to 10 years before diagnosis; those at high risk can join studies that are testing ways to prevent or delay the disease.

Currently there is no way to prevent or postpone the onset of the disease; however, researchers are conducting promising research. One clinical study is currently testing whether oral insulin can "trick" the body into making insulin on its own to prevent or delay type 1 diabetes.

A simple blood test can now reveal a person's risk for developing type 1 diabetes up to 10 years before diagnosis. Those at increased risk can join research studies that are testing ways to prevent or delay type 1 diabetes.

This press release is provided by Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, and the American Diabetes Association.

To learn more about free screenings and studies for type 1 diabetes, visit www.DiabetesTrialNet.org or call 212-684-8910, ext. 208.

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