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Is Type 1 diabetes a symptom of a virus in the gut?

For over a million Americans, type 1 diabetes is a fact of life. Type 1 diabetes, which is also sometimes called “insulin-dependent diabetes,” can strike anyone, at any age — seemingly, without warning. In the United States, 40,000 new cases of type 1 diabetes are diagnosed every year. But new research shows that the occurrence of type 1 diabetes may not be as random as it seems. Scientists from Columbia University say that certain viruses that linger in the gut could predispose children to develop type 1 diabetes.  This shocking new research adds to a growing body of evidence that viral exposure can influence diabetes risk — and specifically, that intestinal microbial populations are incredibly influential in the onset of disease.  Read more....

 

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