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Go the Distance

Team Type 1 and TrialNet Go the Distance for Type 1 Diabetes

Ten runners from Team Type 1, a world class athletic program composed of more than 100 elite athletes, will Run Across America, starting in San Diego and crossing the New York City finish line on November 14, World Diabetes Day. The runners, who all have type 1 diabetes, expect to cover 200 miles a day for 15 days. The mission of their 3,000-mile trek is to spread the message of better health through proper diabetes management.

At the same time, TrialNet, an international network of researchers exploring ways to prevent and delay the progression of type 1 diabetes, will be attempting to cross a finish line of its own. TrialNet’s goal is to screen an additional 3,000 people—one for every mile that Team Type 1 runs—for increased risk of type 1 diabetes. Reaching this goal will bring the total number of people who have participated in TrialNet research to 100,000.

The test offered by TrialNet is not your standard type 1 diabetes test. This test can actually detect an increased risk for type 1 diabetes up to 10 years before symptoms appear. TrialNet offers the screening free of charge to relatives of people with type 1 diabetes (whose chances of developing the disease are approximately 15 times greater than those with no family history).

Why is identifying increased risk so important? Screening is the first step in the pathway to prevention. Those identified at increased risk may be able to join research studies testing ways to delay and even prevent the disease.

Team Type 1 and TrialNet want people to know that great strides have been made in early detection and treatment of type 1 diabetes. "These athletes inspire all of us, especially children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes," said Bill Russell, M.D., TrialNet principal investigator at the Vanderbilt Eskind Diabetes Clinic. "They send a message that says people with type 1 diabetes can do anything." Dr. Russell has accompanied Team Type 1’s cycling team as a team physician and witnessed their hard work and dedication firsthand.

Nearly 200 TrialNet locations nationwide offer screening and research studies. Screening test kits are also available by mail.

You and your family can join the team by getting screened for type 1 diabetes. To find a TrialNet location or to learn more, visit www.DiabetesTrialNet.org or call 1-800-425-8361.

To learn more about Team Type 1 and follow the Run Across America, visit teamtype1.org.

Led by the National Institutes of Health, TrialNet is supported by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Diabetes Association.

Team Type 1 is a world class athletic program that is changing the lives of people with diabetes around the world through racing, groundbreaking research, international outreach, and humanitarian initiatives in developing countries.