This is "our" story, and a comment regarding Bret Michaels and his daughter. I am 42, my daughter 16rs. was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes at the age of 10yrs. old. When we got this life changing news,,,, I was desperate, and devasted. I would do anything for people with this disease, so I joined a research program, called trialnet.
It to test first degree relatives with type 1 diabetes. What they are looking for is a "link" to possible hereditary possibilities. What they look for are auto-antibodies. I believe there are 4. From what I understand,,,most type 1 diabetics have auto antibodies ICA-512, GADA-65, and two others that I cannot remember. So, I tested positive for ICA-512, and GADA-65. I was told that these two in particular, give you a 50% chance of getting the disease.
I now have major trouble with my thyroid glands, as do many people with type 1 diabetes.
I would like to make the point that research in KEY to a cure. There is an obvious link. I see an endocrinologist in the next couple of weeks,,, so we will see. There is a large possibility, that if they can catch it before it is full blown diabetes, it may be able to be treated with oral meds. I am an expert with Diabetes, as a mom who would do ANYTHING for her daughter, so I do not fear getting it,,,,, I am desperate for a cure, so not one more baby, or young child, or someone's loved one does not have to suffer. Any educated thoughts would be greatly welcome!! Thank God or the greater,,, for the testing....keep the research going!!!