What causes type 1 diabetes?

The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown though it is more common in certain families. Some people have a higher risk of developing this disease because of their genes. Exposure to certain environmental factors, such as viruses, may also trigger the disease.
In most people with type 1 diabetes, the body's own immune system — which normally fights harmful bacteria and viruses — mistakenly attacks and destroys the insulin-producing (beta) cells in the pancreas. Over time these cells become so damaged that they only produce very little insulin or none. When there's no insulin to let glucose into the cells, sugar builds up in the bloodstream, where it can cause life-threatening complications.
type 1 diabetes causes

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(Watch) 360 Interview Series: Doris Hobbs - Living Fabulously with Type 1 Diabetes 
Part 9: Researching for My Benefit
Doris talks about searching the internet for ways to reverse her diabetes. There was plenty of information regarding type 2 and food, but very little on type 1. Conventional wisdom suggests type 1 diabetes cannot be reversed, yet she was determined to decrease her reliance on insulin. She eventually found articles on success stories with both raw and paleo diets.


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