Updated on 29 October 2014
Genetic susceptibility, immunity, environmental factors play a major role in predisposing a person to type I diabetes
Singapore: Researchers have concluded in a study that children who have contracted an enteroviral infection (EV) were 50 percent more likely to develop type I diabetes.
According to reports, genetic susceptibility, immunity, and environmental factors play a major role in predisposing a person to type I diabetes.
Researchers explained that though genetic factors were to be blamed for the onset of type I diabetes, the contribution of viral infections also could not be neglected. To investigate the link between EV infection and subsequent Type 1 diabetes the team conducted a nationwide population study.
The results indicated that overall incidence of type I diabetes in EV infected children was almost double when compared to the non-EV infected group.
The research team also found that the hazard ratio increased with age. If a child gets infected after ten years the chances of his or her acquiring diabetes are further doubled, said researchers.