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Research strengthens link of virus to type 1 diabetes

February 7, 2011
An Australian study strengthens the suggestion in previous research that type 1 diabetes is caused by a virus.

The research, published online in the journal BMJ, relied on data from more than a dozen studies involving nearly 4,500 individuals to make the connection between enterovirus infection and type 1 diabetes. The association was strongest among children, who are 10 times more likely to have such a virus if they have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Enteroviruses can cause cold or flu symptoms, fever, muscle aches and rash. "It is time to look at how these viruses are involved in the disease process," said Dr. Maria Craig, an associate professor at Children's Hospital at Westmead's Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes in Sydney.

Type 1 diabetes is believed to develop as a result of genetic, immune system and environmental factors.

Glen Cove Hospital, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, was the first New York hospital to be certified for Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Management by the Joint Commission, a national accreditation organization. The certification is based on initiatives to enhance care for hospitalized patients with diabetes or pre-diabetes, and to educate patients on self management of the disease.
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