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Opportunities to Highlight Type 1 Diabetes in November
Date:11/4/2008

Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day

BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

-- Diabetes Awareness Month, in November, and World Diabetes Day (Nov. 14)

present outstanding opportunities to educate the public about type 1

diabetes screening and promising research taking place at medical

centers throughout the country.

-- The theme for this year's World Diabetes Day--Diabetes in Children

and Adolescents--is an especially appropriate focus given the increased

incidence of type 1 diabetes among children, particularly in those under

age 5.

-- In response to this trend, leading diabetes researchers across the globe

have joined forces through Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet, an international

network led by the National Institutes of Health that is exploring ways

to prevent and delay type 1 diabetes.

-- Former Miss America Nicole Johnson (1999), who was diagnosed with type 1

diabetes when she was 19, is available to talk about her experience and

why she's decided to have her 2-year-old daughter screened for the

earliest signs of the disease. Nicole Johnson is currently helping NIH

researchers promote a simple blood test that may be able to detect an

increased risk for type 1 diabetes up to 10 years before symptoms occur.

TrialNet researchers at more than 150 locations are offering this

research screening test to family members of people with type 1

diabetes.

-- Advance screening is important because people who are identified as

being at increased risk--those who have the autoantibodies for type 1

diabetes--may be eligible to join research studies that are testing ways

to prevent or delay the disease. Additionally, those who are found to

already be in the early stages of t
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SOURCE Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet
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