A breakthrough discovery could see type 1 diabetes being diagnosed before symptoms kick in which may help with efforts to delay development of the condition, researchers have said.
In most cases, type 1 diabetes is usually identified following symptoms such as extreme thirst, excessive urination and tiredness, all of which are a result of hyperglycemia (high blood glucose).
A team from the Scripps Research Institute in America have found a way to test whether someone may be at risk of type 1 diabetes.
Their findings involve immune-regulating molecules called human leukocyte antigens (HLAs). Researchers have previously linked their presence to a breakdown of the immune system.
Blood samples taken from non-obese mice modelled to have a form of type 1 diabetes were analysed in a series of experiments over the course of five years.
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