Friday, March 31, 2017

The Risk Factors for Juvenile Diabetes

Although there is no known cause for juvenile diabetes there are risk factors that can
contribute to the likeliness a child will be diagnosed with the disease.  As some forms of
type 1 diabetes are an autoimmune disease you can be at a higher risk if you have already
been diagnosed with a different autoimmune disease.  There are also some conditions
surrounding a mother’s pregnancy and labor than could contribute to the diagnosis of
juvenile diabetes.

If your child has been diagnosed with one of these autoimmune disease he or she is
considered at a higher risk for diabetes in childhood:

* If your child has had one of these viruses:  hepatitis, mumps, or CMV disease
* Thyroid problems known as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism (or Graves
disease)
* Celiac disease

There has been some evidence that has shown that a child born to a mother over the age
of 35 could be at higher risk for developing type 1 diabetes.  This is not conclusive and it
is not to say that a child born to a younger mother is not at risk as well.  Some studies
indicate that a mother who had pre-eclampsia during pregnancy will give birth to a baby
with a higher risk of being diagnosed – but this is not a proven fact.

Other risk factors include race - people from Northern Europe or areas of the
Mediterranean – are considered at higher risk than other races.  Environmental and
dietary factors can play a role too.  If a child is under a lot of stress it is considered a
reason why he or she may go onto develop type 1 diabetes.  Dietary risks factors include
high levels of dairy and nitrosamines (used as a preservative in some meats and cheeses).
Exposure to toxins is considered a risk factor too.

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