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May 8, 2017

We're partnering with SickKids for diabetes prevention

TrialNet is screening relatives of people with Type 1 diabetes to find out if these family members are at risk for developing diabetes.
 
You may be eligible for screening if you are 45 years of age or younger with a parent, sibling or child with Type 1 diabetes, or 20 years of age or younger with a niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, grandparent, cousin, half-brother or half-sister with Type 1 diabetes. 
 
What is required?
A simple blood test. You will learn the results of your first blood test in four to six weeks.
 
If you learn you are at risk for developing Type 1 diabetes, additional tests will be offered to estimate your chances of developing Type 1 diabetes.
 
Why get screened?
  • Screening is the first step on the pathway to prevention – those who test positive may be eligible to join research studies testing ways to delay and prevent the disease
  • Participants in the study who are at higher risk are closely monitored for the earliest signs of type 1 diabetes; early diagnosis can lead to better health outcomes
  • Participation in research helps give scientists a better understanding of what causes diabetes which may help prevent or cure this disease one day
Who can be screened?
TrialNet offers screening to family members of people with type 1 diabetes
  • First degree relatives (parents, children, siblings) between the ages of 1-45
  • Second degree relatives (cousins, nieces/nephews, aunts/uncles, grandchildren) between the ages of 1-20
TrialNet would also like to invite previous participants of the TrialNet Natural History Study who are due for their annual rescreen blood draw to attend this clinic. Children under the age of 18 who previously screened negative are eligible to be rescreened on an annual basis.
 
The team will be at Headwaters:
Thursday, May 11, 2017
3 - 7:30 p.m.
 
To arrange an appointment, or if you would like to participate in the study, but are unavailable this day, contact the TrialNet Study Team at 1-866-699-1899 or trialnet.diabetes@sickkids.ca
 
Learn more about the study at the SickKids TrialNet research page.