Infectious disease might trigger some type 1 diabetes cases

05/2/2013 | Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.)

A study in PLOS ONE found that type 1 diabetes cases tend to peak during some winters, indicating that an infectious disease may trigger onset in patients with a genetic predisposition to the condition. The pattern of short- and long-term cycles in new cases could indicate transmission of a pathogen from wildlife, researchers said. If the researchers succeed in identifying specific pathogens, exposure might be prevented.

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