Research Study: If you have a family member with type 1 diabetes, one of the first pathways you should explore is a research study. This will put you in contact with some of the world’s leading type 1 diabetes doctors, researchers, and diabetes care and education specialists.
TrialNet: A free, research-based screening and clinical trial program for family members of people with type 1 diabetes. This network of experts has sites throughout the United States and screening can be done through an at-home kit or in-person. The program is available for individuals between the ages of 2.5 and 45 years with a first-degree relative (parent, child, sibling) with T1D, ages 2.5 to 20 with a second-degree relative (cousin, grandparent) with T1D, OR ages of 2.5 to 45 years and have tested positive for at least one T1D related autoantibody outside of TrialNet.
ASK (Autoimmunity Screening for Kids): Provides screening for T1D and celiac disease for all children ages 1-17 years in the United States. No family connection to T1D is required to participate in the ASK program.
PLEDGE (Population Level Estimate of Type 1 Diabetes Risk Genes in Children): Provides screening of children younger than age 6 who are patients at Sanford Health in South Dakota.
Blood tests ordered by your doctor: Your doctor (or your child’s doctor) can order labs to detect T1D autoantibodies and the cost may be covered by your insurance.