Screening program seeks to delay and prevent type 1 diabetes

February 14, 2019 06:28 PM

Once again this year, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS is helping out in the effort to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

The 2019 JDRF One Walk is scheduled for Feb. 23 at the Mall of America in Bloomington. The event's goal is to create a world without type 1 diabetes.

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In advance of the event, Dr. Jennifer McVean, an assistant professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Minnesota, shared more information about a screening program called "Type 1 Diabetes Trialnet."

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McVean said the diabetes prevention study's goal is to delay and ultimately prevent type 1 diabetes from occurring. It's done by a testing an individual's antibodies. If someone has multiple positive antibodies, interventions will be offered. Those interventions are part of the research process.

A child screen can start at age one. There is no cost to the participant.

Trialnet screenings will be held at the JDRF One Walk as well.


 

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