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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 type 1 diabetes may be eligible to

participate in studies that are testing ways to slow down its

progression.

-- If diabetes can be delayed, even for a few years, those at risk may be

able to postpone the difficult challenges of trying to control their

glucose levels and the potential development of complications. Potential

complications of type 1 diabetes include heart disease, stroke,

blindness, kidney damage and lower-limb amputations.

-- Each year, more than 15,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with type

1 diabetes. It's the leading cause of diabetes in children and

adolescents, far surpassing those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

-- An autoimmune disease, type 1 diabetes develops more often in children

and young adults. In the U.S., the peak ages for diagnosis are between

11 and 14. Currently there are no known ways to prevent or reverse the

disease. Unlike type 2 diabetes, which can sometimes be prevented or

controlled by diet and exercise, type 1 diabetes requires a lifelong

dependence on daily insulin injections.

-- We can put you in touch with TrialNet researchers, which include some of

the world's leading experts on type 1 diabetes, who can discuss the

latest developments in prevention, research and treatment. We can also

connect you with your closest TrialNet medical center that is conducting

free screening and provide you with access to the lead physician and

people who are taking part in the screening process.

-- More information about Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet screening and research

is available at http://www.DiabetesTrialNet.org or 1-800-425-8361.


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