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
-- 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
-- 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
-- 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.
|SOURCE Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet|
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