Type 1 Diabetes Risk factors

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Type 1 diabetes mostly occur among young people, however it can also develops among older peoples. Type 1 diabetes happens when your pancreas stops producing insulin.

Type-1 diabetes risk factors

Type 1 diabetes mostly starts in childhood when the pancreas stops producing insulin. Insulin is a hormone your body needs to burn glucose found in food for energy. The risk factors for type 1 diabetes are:

Type 1 Diabetes Risk factors

  • Genetic (Hereditary) having a family member with diabetes is the major risk factor. A first-degree family member mother, father, sister, or brother has diagnosed as type-1 diabetes.
  • Diseases of the pancreas - injury or any pancreatic diseases can affect its ability to produce insulin and lead to type-1 diabetes.
  • Infection or illness - a range of rare infections and illnesses can damage the pancreas and cause type 1 diabetes. That is exposure to certain virus causes autoimmune destruction of the islet cells. The viruses, which trigger this, are Epstein-Barr virus, coxsackie virus, mumps virus or cytomegalovirus.
  • Drinking of nitrates containing water may increase the risk factor.

Omega-3 fatty acids have considered providing certain protection against type-1 diabetes. Therefore, regular consumption of fish containing omega fatty acid can reduce your risk towards type-1 diabetes.

Is type 1 diabetes a hereditary condition?

If once of the parents with diabetes type 1, in the case of father your chance for type 1 is 6%, in the case of mother (had diabetes before 25 years) your chance is 4% and 1% chance if mother had diabetes after her 25 years. Your risk will be double, if your parent was diagnosed around 10 years.

Does a child get diabetes type 1, without any family history?

Research shows that only 10 % of people with type 1 diabetes have a family history with first-degree relatives, such as a sibling, parent, of offspring. These shows there are other important factors besides just genes that influence the development of diabetes type 1. There is a misconception, type 1 diabetes is a genetic disease and mostly happens with family history. However, in reality, only 10 % who have diagnosed with type 1 have a family history of the disease.

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