German scientists have found a way to predict a person’s risk of developing type 1 diabetes, their study has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Two diabetes-related autoantibodies were found to be the strongest indicators of diabetes risk.

Eight percent of the children had one or more of the autoantibodies – indicators for the destruction of insulin – at follow-up.

half of the children with two or more autoantibodies went on to develop diabetes within five years, and 4 out of every 5 of them became diabetic within fifteen years.

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People with diabetes type 1 have to take insulin injections every day.
Autoantibodies are good markers for the risk of developing diabetes, but they aren’t the cause of the disease.

children with more than one autoantibody before the age of 3 years were at a considerably greater risk of developing type 1 diabetes.

“These data show that the detection of multiple islet autoantibodies in children who are genetically at risk marks a preclinical stage of type 1 diabetes. Thus, the development of multiple islet autoantibodies in children predicts type 1 diabetes.Future prevention studies should focus on this high-risk population.”