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Infections may trigger diabetes

5th July 2006

07072006_diabetes_1.jpgCommon infections may trigger diabetes in children and young adults, according to new research.

Scientists looked at 25-years' worth of data on more than 4,000 young people in Yorkshire with type 1 diabetes and found clusters of unusually high numbers of cases among 10 to 19-year-olds in certain locations and at certain times.

This, they report in the journal Diabetologia, suggests a common cause, such as an infection.

There are around 250,000 people in the UK with Type 1 diabetes - including 20,000 children aged under 15 with diabetes - and it is rising, with the UK seeing a 3% year-on-year increase over the last 40 years.

It develops if the body is unable to produce any insulin to control levels of sugar in the blood, and usually emerges before the age of 40.

The researchers, from Newcastle and Leeds Universities and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, found that there were 6% to 7% more cases in the clusters they identified and is typical of other conditions triggered by infections.

The phenomenon was particularly pronounced in women and girls.

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