Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
April 28, 2003
Research: Causes and Prevention
Question from Hagerstown, Maryland, USA:
Are there chemicals used in everyday life (cleaning products mouse/rat poison, etc.) that can cause diabetes?
Since we don’t know the cause of diabetes, I cannot be sure. However, I am not aware of any products that you are likely to encounter that are known to be associated. A rat poison “Vacor” has been found to cause diabetes, but it has to be ingested.
[Editor’s comment: Vacor is a rodenticide (rat poison). It is my understanding from reviews on the Internet that it was released in 1975 but withdrawn as a general-use pesticide in 1979 because of severe toxicity. Exposure produces destruction of the beta cells of the pancreas, causing diabetes mellitus in survivors. See Drug-induced diabetes at PubMed.