From Brooklyn, New York, USA:
Why is it that usually thin or normal weight individuals develop type 1 diabetes? Is it because they are making less insulin than overweight people?
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder where the pancreas is attacked for reasons that are partly genetic and otherwise unknown. Something in the environment, a virus, chemical, food, etc. is a likely precipitant in those genetically susceptible. Nobody knows why this is more common in thin rather than obese/overweight people.
Original posting 9 Nov 2006
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:08
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