August 12, 2007
Research: Causes and Prevention
Question from Brookfield, Wisconsin, USA:
Our family had lived in a home with a confirmed mold problem. Our frequency of medical visits and correlated health problems multiplied commencing with the move into the problem residence (greater than 98% statistical significance - given the limited sampling size). Additionally, these problems subsided after vacating the residence, with a six month lag for symptoms to subside. It has been almost five years since we vacated the residence (which we lived in for nearly two years), but problems continue to arise. Beside large sinus polyps, apnea, confirmed sarcoidosis, and multiple sinus/tooth problems (three separate root canals) for myself, adult onset asthma, allergies, inflamed tissues causing lumps and pain around the lower spine, reconstructive sinus surgery and four separate root canals for my wife, a spinal tumor requiring surgery for removal, general asthma and allergies and ongoing neck pain for our oldest child, our younger child has been relatively unscathed. Just recently, he has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The family lines for both my wife and I have not been touched with diabetes, so there is really no genetic link of which we are aware. Is it possible (and is there evidence) that the mold, Stachybotrys chartarum, is linked to the onset of type 1 diabetes? Since we do not know of any other environmental triggers that may be present, could the mold be that trigger? Additionally, with the time delay from property vacating and diabetes diagnosis, is that link still possible?
I have searched Medline and the Internet can find no link between Stachybotrys chartarum and the development of diabetes.