New screening could predict type 1 diabetes risk in babies

A new screening may be able to detect Type 1 Diabetes risk in infants. T1DRGS2 is a new risk score test that has shown twice the efficiency of all existing tests for Type 1 in babies.

“Type 1 has a strong genetic element that was not measurable in the past.” Richard Oram, a researcher at University of Exeter, said in a press release. “Measurement of the type 1 diabetes genetic risk score could help predict who will develop the condition from early life could help with research into potential early life interventions, and with classifying diabetes correctly at diagnosis.”

The current test for Type 1 is both expensive and hard to do with children. This new test detects development even into adulthood and the difference between Type 1 and 2. The researchers examined genetic interactions in over 65,000 people with Type 1 diabetes.

The test allows for early detection that can help parents look for symptoms. Also those with the greatest risk of developing in the future, can participate in studies to delay or even prevent the diagnosis.

“It’s exciting to see the power of genetics being harnessed to help predict who might develop type 1 diabetes in the future, particularly from a young age. If successful, this approach could help to reduce someone’s risk of being misdiagnosed or developing complications during diagnosis,” said Anna Morris, Assistant Director of Research Strategy and Partnership at Diabetes UK and study author.

This research can also provide insight on what we can do to prevent the disease or at least slow down it’s progress.

To learn more: New screening could accurately predict type 1 diabetes risk in babies – UPI

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