Relation between residual beta cell function and glycemic variability in (pre) type 1 diabetes

01 January 2011 → 31 December 2016
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Endocrinology and metabolic diseases
    • Endocrinology and metabolic diseases
    • Endocrinology and metabolic diseases
type 1 diabetes
Project description

Type 1 diabetes develops when 60 to 90% of insulin-producing beta cellsahve been destroyed. This cell loss leads to greater variability of
blood glucose levels both before and after diagnosis. This variability is predictive of progression to clinical onset of diabetes in risk groups and of
frequenc of hypoglycemic events in patients. Novel beta cell therapy trials aim to prevent or cure diabetes by trying to preserve or restore functional
beta cell mass. In preparation of future trials the collaborating teams of the present application have validated dynamic tests to measure functional
beta cell mass in vivo through prolonged stimulation of beta cells by elevated glucose levels (hyperglycemic clamp tests). The present application
proposes to measure glycemic variability by continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and frequent self-monitoring of blood glucose (SBMG) in 40
recent-onset type 1 diabetic patients and in 40 high-risk relatives (>50% 5-year risk of diabetes) (age 12-39 years) as a