Type 1 diabetes strongly linked with cold-like virus

February 3, 2011

Children with Type 1 diabetes are almost 10 times likelier to be infected by a cold-like virus compared to counterparts without the disease, according to a paper published on Friday by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Enteroviruses are common viruses that can lead to cold- or flu-like symptoms, aching muscles and rashes or even meningitis.

Researchers in Australia carried out a trawl of 26 published studies that tested the blood or stools of patients for telltale genetic material and protein from enteroviruses.

Nearly 4,448 people were screened, including pre-diabetic and diabetic patients as well as non-diabetics.

The study found an unmistakeable association between enteroviruses and diabetes, but the mechanism is unclear.

An estimated 285 million people worldwide had diabetes in 2010, according to the International Diabetes Federation, which predicts as many as 438 million will have diabetes by 2030.

Between 90 and 95 percent of present-day cases are , which shows up in adulthood, and the rest are Type 1, or "early onset," , whose prevalence has risen sharply in recent years among the under-fives.

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Fatty liver: Turning off TAZ reverses disease

October 27, 2016

Scientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have identified a factor in liver cells that is responsible for turning a relatively benign liver condition, present in 30 percent of U.S. adults, into a serious disease ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.