Germs May Trigger Type 1 Diabetes
More than a century ago, germ theory revolutionized the treatment of many diseases. It may soon do the same for Type 1 diabetes.
Researchers at Cardiff University in Wales say that particular germs trigger killer T-calls. These T-cells then destroy helpful, insulin-producing cells, leading to Type 1 -- often known as juvenile -- diabetes.
The discovery “could potentially open the door for people to be screened for certain bacteria, lowering the risk of them developing Type 1 diabetes through non-genetic causes,” Dr. David Cole tells The Independent newspaper.
Cole was the researcher in charge of the study. He calls the results, “Promising.”