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June 27, 1999

Research: Causes and Prevention

Question from Richmond, Virginia, USA:

I have had Type 1 diabetes for 12 years. I have heard that it is caused by a virus, others say it is hereditary. Which is true?

Answer:

Type 1 diabetes is likely to be caused by many factors including heredity and environmental factors. There have been theories that certain infections might contribute to the risk of diabetes in a susceptible person.

LM