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August 13, 1999

Research: Causes and Prevention

Question from Los Angeles, California, USA:

There's diabetes in our family. How are we going to be able to prevent our other family members from getting diabetes?

Answer:

A great question, without an answer in 1999, but here are some thoughts:

Diabetes, Type 1, the autoimmune type: Family members should participate in the DPT-1 trial. Ask your endocrinologist about a center near you.

Infants: some centers are screening for the genes that are associated with diabetes. Infants at risk could be followed for signs of autoimmune disease in the pancreas.

LD