Risk Factors for Type 1 Diabetes
A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition. It is possible to develop type 1 diabetes with or without the risk factors listed below. There are no known definite risk factors. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing type 1 diabetes. The main risk factors include the following:
If you have a parent, brother, or sister with type 1 diabetes, you (or your child) are at greater risk of having it, too. Scientists continue to believe that genetic factors play a role in the development of type 1 diabetes, but which genes is unclear.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, caused by the body's immune system attacking the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. You may be at a greater risk of developing type 1 diabetes if you have another condition that affects the immune system, such as:
You are at an increased risk of type 1 diabetes if your ethnicity is:
- Northern European
- African American
- Native American
Other Risk Factors
Other factors that may increase your child's risk of type 1 diabetes include:
- Kim A. Carmichael, MD
- Reviewed: 09/2015
- Updated: 09/08/2015
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