T1Detect: Learn why you should be screened

T1Detect, JDRF’s screening education and awareness program, will arm you with the information you need before and after getting screened for type 1 diabetes (T1D) autoantibodies. Until now, T1D symptoms and a diagnosis often come out of the blue. Today, families can use testing to detect T1D early so they can plan and prepare. With one blood test, anyone at any age can find out—before symptoms even occur—if they are at risk for developing T1D. The test is easy, simple and can help save lives.

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A Big Step Toward Prevention

Being diagnosed with T1D means a lifetime of dependence on insulin and careful management to avoid dangerous blood-sugar highs and lows. JDRF has been working for decades to prevent and cure this disease, and making this blood test available to everyone is a promising step towards that.

Because T1D starts long before insulin dependency, families will be able to prepare, develop a plan for further monitoring with their doctor and hopefully avoid serious and sometimes life-threatening conditions, such as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), along with possible hospitalization that can be more common at the onset of the disease. And that’s not all. JDRF-funded research is closer than ever to developing therapies that can intervene and disrupt the disease’s progress before insulin dependency even begins.

How it works

This blood test detects autoantibodies in your blood that mean you are at an early stage of T1D and are very likely to become insulin dependent in the future. Unfortunately, rates of T1D are growing among all racial and ethnic groups, with the highest increase among Black and Hispanic youth. Many people don’t develop the disease until later in life — and upwards of 85% of people with T1D have no family history of the disease. That’s why this test is available for everyone.

Visit the screening portal to learn more and get started

Step 1

Create an account to sign up, see payment options and order a test kit to be sent to your home. Kits are $55, with the option to order a subsidized kit if you are unable to afford the full-priced cost.

Step 2

With an easy finger prick, provide a few, painless blood samples and send your test kit back to the lab.

Step 3

Receive your autoantibody results, explanations of what they mean and next steps through your account on the testing website.

Benefits of Screening

Screening reduces the risk of DKA and hospitalization at onset of symptoms.

DKA, a serious complication of T1D, can be life-threatening and studies show that the risk of DKA at diagnosis is significantly reduced for those screened for autoantibodies and monitored closely by a doctor, if positive.

Right now, promising clinical trials are testing therapies that could delay the onset of T1D for years after screening.

These potential therapies could hold off insulin dependency for up to three years, but only with early intervention which is possible thanks to screening.

Knowing your results gives peace of mind and time to prepare.

Many families feel blindsided by a T1D diagnosis. Knowing your autoantibody results before the onset of symptoms can give you time to prepare with your doctor and family.

Order your screening test kit today

Prevention is Cure

The capability to delay T1D by three years is almost in our grasp. The next step after that: Delaying it indefinitely and curing it. By making screening for T1D available to everyone, we’ll be able to accelerate the development and testing of disease modifying therapies to stop the disease from progressing, and prevent it. This is meaningful progress towards not just saving lives from dangerous early-diagnosis complications, but ultimately eliminating a lifetime of T1D burdens before they even begin.

That’s why screening and our research into possible preventions are so important — they are a pathway to curing T1D once and for all. And for those currently living with T1D, JDRF continues to pursue promising and real pathways to cure this disease after its onset, while offering support, therapies and guidance for healthy management until that day comes.

Find out more about JDRF’s research programs here.

Already been screened?

If you’ve already been screened and are positive for T1D autoantibodies, you can see if you’re eligible for a clinical trial through our partners at TrialNet.

DISCLAIMER:

Testing kits, sample analysis, and test results are not distributed, collected, conducted, analyzed, or reported by JDRF. JDRF does not assume responsibility for testing outcomes or processes. Any sponsorship from JDRF is solely for the purposes of covering at home testing costs incurred by authorized testing labs. JDRF urges testing users to speak with their healthcare provider for additional information based on the outcomes of their tests.

Due to current state regulations, testing kits are currently not available for distribution to addresses in New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. We are working diligently with the lab to make testing kits accessible in these states as quickly as possible. Please check back frequently for updates, or email info@jdrf.org for more information.