Researchers Offering Free Type I Diabetes Screenings

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EDINBURG – Edinburg Children’s Hospital will host a group of researchers to help identify children at risk for developing diabetes. The Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Institute will host Diabetes TrialNet screenings by appointment or walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 15.

Type I diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes, is increasing worldwide. The Diabetes TrialNet study offers a blood test that can identify the risk for Type I diabetes 10 years before symptoms appear. The Diabetes TrialNet test looks for indicators in the blood called autoantibodies.

Fasting is not required. Appointments are encouraged. Diabetes TrialNet offers the screenings to those who are 45 years or younger with a relative with Type I diabetes. They also offer screenings to those 20 years or younger. Additional resources about healthy eating and exercise will be available.

“Our goal in promoting the Type I Diabetes TrialNet screening is to identify children who are at increased risk of developing this disease early on,” said Dr. Jose David Gamez, a pediatric endocrinologist with the Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Institute at Edinburg Children’s Hospital. “Delaying the onset of Type I diabetes or managing it effectively can be done with early recognition and intervention. We want to avoid the dangerous complications and organ damage that can arise when diabetes goes undetected.”

For more information about Diabetes TrialNet, visit www.DiabetesTrialNet.org or call 1-800-425-8361.

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