Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Watertown, Connecticut, USA:

I recently caught the end of a television advertisement which mentioned an immune deficiency related to having pneumonia consecutively two or more times as a child. Since type 1 diabetes is an immune issue, can this be related? My son had pneumonia twice in one year, and also had many ear infections as an infant. He was diagnosed at age nine and had the infections from birth to the age of five.


Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune problem, but is not related to the immune deficiency causing recurrent infections like pneumonia. From your description, it's unlikely that the ear infections or the two cases of pneumonia have any direct or even indirect link to developing diabetes.


Original posting 8 Jul 2002
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: (none)
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.