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February 3, 2020 | by The Polyclinic

Relatives of people with type 1 diabetes can be screened for risk, free of charge, at The Polyclinic Madison Center on Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Polyclinic Endocrinologist Wei Hao, MD, PhD will attend the event and help with the screening. There is no cost to attend the event and free parking is available.

The test is a simple blood draw that can identify autoantibodies that signal an increased risk of type 1 diabetes. These autoantibodies may show up years before symptoms appear. If testing shows you are at increased risk, you can be closely monitored and may be eligible to take part in clinical studies testing ways to slow down or stop disease progression.

Who can be screened?

  • Anyone between the ages of 2.5 and 45 with a sibling, child or parent with type 1 diabetes; or
  • Anyone between the ages of 2.5 and 20 with a cousin, half-sibling, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, niece, or grandparent with type 1 diabetes.

Please note: rescreens are no longer offered to participants who have previously screened negative for autoantibodies.

Walk-ins welcome, but to learn more or arrange screening for a different date, please call 800-888-4187 or email