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?
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.