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Research: Causes and Prevention

I have several questions about type 1 diabetes which I hope you might answer.

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I heard about a specific bacteria that has been specifically linked to the destruction of the insulin producing cells of the pancreas.

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Have there ever been any studies done to connect the diagnosis of mononucleosis and type 1 diabetes?

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I heard on the news that type 1 diabetes may be able to be prevented in siblings of kids who have diabetes by taking some kind of low dose insulin pill. Is this available yet? If so, how do we get it? If not, are there other ways of preventing diabetes in siblings?

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I am not clear in a recent response if you are saying that there is a correlation or not about Nutramigen’s protective ability. It sounds like you are saying that Nutramigen may protect babies from getting the children’s diabetes.

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We lived 30 days in an environment with a lot of pesticides. During that time, my son and I tired easily, and a doctor suspected diabetes. My son has had fasting blood sugars of 69 and 111 mg/dl [69 and 6.2 mmol/L] on my meter. Does he have diabetes? Can pesticides cause temporary diabetes?

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A few months prior to his diagnosis of type 1 diabetes about a year ago, my 10 year old and another second grader were forcibly struck head to head by a very large sixth grader for no reason. Can a blow to the head trigger diabetes? We have absolutely no diabetes in our family and the physical changes are too coincidental with the head injury.

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I understand people with type 1 diabetes are born with the susceptibility to develop the disease and it appears that something in the environment must trigger it. Can a dog bite cause the onset of diabetes?

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My four year old daughter is a twin with type 1. She contracted it one week after receiving the MMR vaccine when she was one. My son is coming up for his second MMR vaccine and naturally we are concerned. Can the MMR vacination precipitate diabetes?

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I am 14 and I have over 50% chance of getting diabetes. Is there anyway that I can take a test to know for sure? Also, if I change my diet to a diabetic diet can that help me not to get diabetes?

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