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Medical News & Perspectives
February 17, 1999

Test for Diabetic Tendency May Aid Risk Factor Studies

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JAMA. 1999;281(7):599. doi:10.1001/jama.281.7.599-JMN0217-3-1

BETHESDA, MD—A test that can identify a significant percentage of those who are likely to develop type 1 diabetes, also known as insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes, years before the disease becomes clinically apparent has been developed and is being used in research laboratories.

The test will make it feasible to mount therapeutic intervention trials and study diet and other factors that may be involved in the development of type 1 diabetes. It might also be useful for distinguishing between type 1 and type 2 (non–insulin-dependent) diabetes, say the investigators concerned.

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