This content originally appeared on Beyond Type 1. Republished with permission.
If you have a relative with type 1 diabetes, you may be at higher risk of developing the disease, making it imperative that you get screened. There are now simple blood tests that can determine your risk of developing type 1 diabetes before symptoms occur. Not only are there significant benefits to early detection, but as undiagnosed type 1 can be fatal, screening saves lives. Benefits to getting screened for type 1 diabetes (T1D) include:
- Detecting T1D early reduces the likelihood of Diabetic Ketoacidosis and Hospitalization at diagnosis.
- Opportunities to participate in clinical trials to prevent or delay the onset of T1D for years after screening
- Knowing your results gives you peace of mind and time to prepare
For more information on the benefits of screening check out this interview with JDRF Director of Research Frank Martin and read 5 Reasons to Get Screened for Type 1 Diabetes.
Learn More About Screening Options
T1Detect, JDRF’s screening education and awareness program, will arm you with the information you need before and after getting screened for type 1 diabetes autoantibodies. Until now, T1D symptoms and a diagnosis often come out of the blue. Today, families can use testing to detect T1D early so they can plan and prepare. With one blood test, anyone at any age can find out—before symptoms even occur—if they are at risk for developing T1D. The test is easy, simple and can help save lives. Everyone, regardless of relation to someone with confirmed T1D, is eligible.
If you have a relative with T1D, you’re in a unique position to help us learn more about the disease and how to prevent it. Offered through the TrialNet Pathway to Prevention Study, risk screening uses a simple blood test that can detect your risk of T1D years before symptoms appear. If you are in the early stages of T1D, you may be eligible for a prevention study. Take the first step and get screened.
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Firsthand Screening Accounts
After their first daughter was diagnosed with T1D, the Brzozowski family decided to have their youngest child screened, and discovered that she would eventually develop Type 1 diabetes. More