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From Erie, Pennsylvania, USA:

I have a 10 year old nephew who has Type 1 diabetes. I have just heard that juvenile diabetes is caused by a virI have just heard that juvenile diabetes is caused by a virus. Is this possible?

Answer:

I'm afraid that we don't yet know the cause of diabetes. It is highly unlikely that there is a single cause but rather that there a number of different insults which can trigger the progress towards diabetes in genetically susceptible individuals. The latter doesn't mean that you need to come from a family with diabetes - 90% of new patients don't.

Viral infections are just one of the areas being actively researched.

KJR

Original posting 26 May 97

  
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