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Type 1 Diabetes Causes

It isn’t entirely clear what triggers the development of type 1 diabetes. Researchers do know that genes play a role; there is an inherited susceptibility. However, something must set off the immune system, causing it to turn against itself and leading to the development of type 1 diabetes. Genes Play a Role in Type 1 Diabetes Some people cannot develop type 1 diabetes; that’s because they don’t have the genetic coding that researchers have linked to type 1 diabetes. Scientists have figured out that type 1 diabetes can develop in people who have a particular HLA complex. HLA stands for human leukocyte antigen, and antigens function is to trigger an immune response in the body. There are several HLA complexes that are associated with type 1 diabetes, and all of them are on chromosome 6. Different HLA complexes can lead to the development of other autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Like those conditions, type 1 diabetes has to be triggered by something—usually a viral infection. What Can Trigger Type 1 Diabetes Here’s the whole process of what happens with a viral infection: When a virus invades the Continue reading >>

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  1. ravenmoon33

    At home A1C tests...Are they worth the cost?

    I have recently been considering purchasing an at home A1C test kit. My last (and only) A1C test was at the doctor's office the day I was diagnosed (April of 2011) and it was 10.6 (which is bad I know). I have since gotten my bg under control and would like to know what my new number is but my doctor is waiting until August to check again. Is the at home A1C test accurate? And if so is it worth the money to buy the test and take at home since it has been 3 months since my last test?

  2. MAYS

    The test are accurate but you should wait until you are tested by your doctor.
    The reason being that if you test your own A1C now and then again in August you may not see a marginal improvement due to the shortness of time between them.
    This discussion may interest you:

  3. Harlen

    Will your Doc take the test as is or will they order a A1c a0s well
    or do you just wish to know what youe A1c is ?
    If its just for you go for it
    If your 0Doc is going to 0o0rder one0 anyway then I would not
    Best wishes

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