Type 1 Diabetes Researchers Reach Important Milestone

This press release is an announcement submitted by , and was not written by Diabetes Health.

| Mar 28, 2012

Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, an international network of researchers exploring ways to prevent and delay the progression of type 1 diabetes, has reached an important milestone: screening 100,000 people to detect who among is at risk of developing type 1 diabetes. This is a major achievement because it has helped researchers better predict who will develop diabetes and when it will require treatment. Earlier diagnosis helps patients avoid a severe, life-threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. 

Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), TrialNet screenings are provided free of charge to relatives of people with type 1 diabetes- whose chances of developing the disease are 15 times greater than those with no family history. Participants whose results signal an increased risk can choose whether to take part in prevention studies exploring new ways to combat the disease.

TrialNet researchers are currently conducting two prevention studies for at-risk relatives of people with type 1 diabetes:

• The Anti-CD3 Prevention Study is testing whether an experimental drug called teplizumab can prevent or delay type 1 diabetes. In previous studies, teplizumab helped preserve insulin production in newly diagnosed individuals.

• The Oral Insulin Prevention Study is testing whether one daily insulin capsule (taken by mouth) can prevent or delay type 1 diabetes. Results of a previous NIH study indicated oral insulin might delay type 1 diabetes for up to 10 years in individuals with certain autoantibodies.

"Screening is the first step on the pathway to prevention and provides an important opportunity for intervention at an early stage," says TrialNet Chair Jay Skyler, M.D.
Incidence of type 1 diabetes is rapidly increasing worldwide. The disease is also presenting at an earlier age, with the greatest increase in children under age five. Each year, in the U.S. alone, approximately 15,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. While peak ages for diagnosis are between 11 and 14, type 1 diabetes can occur at any age. Unlike type 2 diabetes, which may be controlled and even prevented with diet and exercise, there's currently no cure for type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune condition requiring lifelong insulin injections.

"TrialNet is committed to going the distance to screen relatives of people with type 1 diabetes until we find a way to prevent this disease," says Skyler.

Nearly 200 TrialNet locations nationwide offer free screenings and prevention studies. Screening test kits are also available by mail. To learn more, visit www.DiabetesTrialNet.org or call 1-800-425-8361.

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Categories: Autoimmune Condition, Diabetes, Diabetes, Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Free Screenings, oral insulin, Oral Insulin Prevention Study, Prevention Studies, Teplizumab, Type 1 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, Type 1 Issues, Type 2 Issues


Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

You May Also Be Interested In...


Comments


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...


Username: Password:
Comment:
©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.