The UF Diabetes Institute is participating in an ongoing NIDDK‑led research study, called The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young, or TEDDY. No longer recruiting, this international study is currently following 8,000 children through the age of 15 who are at increased genetic risk for developing Type 1 diabetes to identify environmental triggers of the disease. Data collection on these individuals’ infectious, dietary, and other exposures and life experiences gives the TEDDY study the potential to revolutionize the ability to prevent Type 1 diabetes and have an enormously positive impact on public health through a diet change or vaccine for disease prevention. Hence, the study is working towards helping countless future generations of children who may be spared from Type 1 diabetes.

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