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Is diabetes an autoimmune problem?


Only some cases of diabetes are autoimmune. These are classified as Type 1A. For the most part they arise in children and teenagers and require added insulin for the rest of a person's life. They are characterised by the presence of certain specific antibodies in the serum and there is a genetic predisposition to the disorder. Type 1A diabetes is also triggered by an environmental factor which is not yet clearly defined although early exposure to cows milk from certain species of cattle still has adherents. If you are interested in a good, but rather technical, revue you might look at


Original posting 8 Apr 1999
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention


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