Topeka (WIBW) - People who develop Type 1 diabetes are born with an antibody that stacks the odds against them.
Dr. James Casey with Topeka's Cotton-O'Neil Diabetes Center says people who have one of the antibodies have a 100 percent chance they'll get Type 1 diabetes. He says people already have the genetic makeup, then something like a cold, an infection or an accident triggers the mechanism for the diabetes.
Cotton-O'Neil Diabetes Center is part of a study to figure out a way to keep that trigger from happening. The study is looking for people ages 1 to 45 who have siblings, a parent or a chilld with Type 1 diabetes, or people ages 1 to 20 who have an aunt, uncle, cousin, step-sibling or grandparent with the disease. Based on their antibody and profile, they'll be given one of seven treatments under study, from oral medications, to an injection that acts like a sort of vaccination against diabetes.
Casey says if diabetes can be prevented or at least its onset delayed, it will allow the pancreas to develop a reserve and recover, and perhaps help diabetes be treated more easily. Such advances could prevent the devastating complications diabetes can cause, like blindness, kidney failure and loss of limbs.
The Cotton-O'Neil Diabetes Center is having a screening day for people who might be interested in the trial. It involves drawing blood and answering a few questions. It is from 10 am to 2 pm, November 6th at the center at 6th and Frazier. People interested in the study also may call 785-368-0781. Even those not interested in receiving the medications under study may be followed as part of a control group.