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From Dallas, Pennsylvania, USA:

My 12 year old daughter has had type 1 diabetes since she was 10. How long does it take for full typeá1 diabetes to surface in a child? Is it a long process or can it happen overnight?


The destruction of the beta cells in the pancreatic islets by autoimmunity usually takes a number of years. In its later stages, however, the final development of clinical or insulin dependent diabetes may take place very suddenly often as the result of some intercurrent infection.


Original posting 26 Jun 2002
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