From Ohio, USA:
My three year old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a year ago and autoimmune hypothyroidism six months ago. Two other children in our small town were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at about the same time. Also, one adult age 36 was diagnosed with type 1 and had antibody tests done to confirm this. Now, we have learned that another child age 12 has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as well as autoimmune hypothyroidism last week. This child lives four houses away from us. Is this significant? Is there any information on children who develop type 1 diabetes in the same neighborhood and small town within two years of each other?
It might be. Contact your local or state health department and report this. They might be interested. It certainly would be nice to figure out a "toxin"/environmental factor that could be associated with diabetes. It might just be that all were just unlucky, or, in a small town, there could be a concentrated gene pool with lots of folks at high risk for developing diabetes.
Original posting 1 Feb 2001
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:18
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