June 26, 2002
Diagnosis and Symptoms
Question 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 type�1 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.