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.
January 22, 2005
Research: Causes and Prevention
Question from Winchester, California, USA:
My two year old son was diagnosed with type 1 two months ago. A week prior to his diagnosis, he had a very high fever of 104.5 degrees F. Is it possible that a virus could have settled in or around his pancreas? I have heard of a similar case where a young teenage boy had the same thing happen one week before his type 1 diagnosis. Is there something to this?
Type 1 diabetes is a autoimmune disease whose clinical onset is the late final consequence of a relatively long prodromal phase when the autoimmune mechanisms (autoantibodies and T cells) have been continuously destroying the own beta cells. Virus infection is seen only as the final step that, through the stress of the viral infection, makes the insulin defect clinically evident.