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How to catch juvenile diabetes before it is life-threatening

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About 40% of juvenile diabetes cases are diagnosed only when children reach a state of acidosis that can be life-threatening and may cause irreversible damage. A new test developed at the Schneider’s Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikvah near Tel Aviv will try to prevent this dangerous medical situation with an early diagnosis.

A groundbreaking study from Schneider’s discovered that using a standard finger blood test can predict in babies aged nine- to 18-months an 85% chance that certain children will develop juvenile (Type 1) diabetes.

The importance of this finding is in the possibility of preventing a diagnosis of the disease only when it’s reached a critical point, which is a state of metabolic acidosis. In addition, an application has recently been submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration for approval of a drug that inhibits the onset of diabetes, which can give those found to be carriers a better quality of life for an additional period of time.

Diabetes is usually diagnosed when a child suddenly falls seriously ill and is a life-threatening situation. It can be a truly traumatic event for the family as well as for the young patients. One case is 8-year-old Ziv Kemar from Kfar Saba, who was diagnosed with diabetes in early April after the Maccabi Health Services children’s clinic referred her to the emergency room at Schneider’s.

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