Simple blood test can identify your risk for type 1 diabetes

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 4:00pm to 7:30pm

Using a simple blood test, the TrialNet Type 1 Diabetes Research Group is screening relatives of people with Type 1 diabetes to find out if these family members are at risk for developing the disease.  Eligible participants can book an appointment now for screening at Hotel Dieu Hospital on Tuesday, May 3.

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 participate?

  • First-degree relatives (siblings, parents, children) of people with type 1 diabetes   between the ages of 1 – 45 OR
  • Second-degree relatives (aunts/uncles, cousins, grandchildren) of people with type 1 diabetes between the ages of 1– 20.
  • Also invited are previous participants of the TrialNet Natural History Study who are due for their annual rescreen blood test. Children under the age of 18 who previously screened negative are eligible to be rescreened on an annual basis.

 
What’s involved?

Screening involves a simple blood test. There is no cost for the test and no special preparation is necessary.
 
Where and when do I go?

The screening takes place at the Children’s Outpatient Centre, Hotel Dieu Hospital, 166 Brock St., Kingston ON from 4 to 7:30pm, Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

If you are interested in attending the screening event please call:

The Canadian TrialNet Study Team

Toll-free 1-866-699-1899

Email:  trialnet.diabetes@sickkids.ca

If you cannot attend the screening event, it's still possible to participate.  Please call for more information on alternative ways to be screened.