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Who gets type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes most often arises in childhood, although it can happen at any time of life. The risk factors for developing type 1 diabetes are not completely understood. Having a family member with type 1 diabetes slightly increases the risk of developing the condition. Other factors that may affect risk include: environmental factors - the risk increases the further you live away from the equator; exposure to some viruses, such as mumps and the virus that causes mononucleosis, increases the risk, and; early diet - babies who are introduced to cow's milk early and certain other food substances, are at increased risk. Breastfed babies may be at a lower risk.

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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 20 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Type 2 diabetes

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