Risk factors for type 1 diabetes!

There are not many known risk factors for type 1 diabetes, but researchers continue to find new factors about it. Some risk factors are:

 A family history:
Anyone with a parent or sibling with type 1 diabetes has a slightly increased risk of developing the disease.

 The presence of certain genes indicates an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes. In some cases - usually through a clinical trial - genetic testing can be performed to determine if a person has a family history of type 1 diabetes have an increased risk of developing the disease.

The incidence of type 1 diabetes tends to increase as you travel away from the equator. People living in Finland and Sardinia have the highest incidence of type 1 diabetes - about two to three times higher than the United States and 400 times higher than that of people living in Venezuela.

 The possible risk factors for type 1 diabetes include:

 Viral exposure. Exposure to Epstein-Barr virus, coxsackievirus, cytomegalovirus or mumps can trigger the auto immune destruction of islet cells, or the virus may directly infect pancreatic islet cells.

 Low levels of Vitamin D:
 Research suggests that vitamin D may protect our body against type 1 diabetes. However, early consumption of cow's milk - a common source of vitamin D - has been linked to an increased risk of type 1diabetes.

Other dietary factors:
Omega-3 may offer some protection against type 1 diabetes. Drinking water that contains nitrates may increase the risk.

 In addition, the timing of introduction of cereals in the diet can affect a baby's risk of type diabetes’s. A clinical trial showed that between ages 3 and 7 months seems to be the perfect time to introduce cereal. Some other possible risk factors include, if your mother was younger than age 25 when she gave birth to you, or if your mother had preeclampsia during pregnancy. Being born with jaundice is a potential risk factor, as the experience of a respiratory infection just after your birth.

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