Major trial in Scotland starts to prevent type-1 diabetes

20th April 2016

A major trial is about to begin in Scotland that will be aimed at preventing type-1 diabetes in children throughout the country.

Diabetes is a largely inherited disease, as such, children who have a parent or another sibling with diabetes are being asked to attend a blood test to determine whether or not they will develop it, reports the BBC.

There are 6,400 families in the country who are known to be affected by type-1 diabetes, and it is the children of these families who researchers will be looking to examine.

If any are found to be at risk of the disease they will be offered metformin in an attempt to prevent diabetes from developing.

This drug is already used to treat diabetes, however it isn't known if it will be able to stop the type-1 diabetes from forming in the first instance.

Despite extensive research, there still isn't a conclusive method of preventing type-1 diabetes, which is caused due to problems with the immune system.

Posted by Jeanette Royston


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