Type 1 diabetes is the most common metabolic disease in children and adolescents. The immunological occurrences underlying the metabolic disorder are based on a genetic predisposition and are influenced by environmental factors. In the coming years population studies, animal models and DNA analyses shall be used to investigate the role of genes and lifestyle factors in more detail.

 THE LATEST FROM RESEARCH: News, results from clinical trials and research labs, event announcements and  ...more (in german)

BASIC INFORMATION  The autoimmune disease usually breaks out in children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 15 or in young adults. ...more (in german)

PREVALENCE: Overall, about 0.4 percent of the population in Germany suffers from type 1 diabetes, half of whom develop the disease before age 20. ...more (in german)

RISK FACTORS: So far it is not clear why the body develops antibodies against beta cells. However, it is assumed that genetic predisposition plays a role in causing the body’s immune system to attack and destroy beta cells. ...more (in german)

DIAGNOSIS: The immune system´s attack on proteins of the body's own insulin-producing beta cells can last from months to years without being noticed in routine medical examinations. ...more (in german)

THERAPIES: Training and psychosocial support for those affected play an important role immediately after diagnosis. Meanwhile therapy begins. ...more (in german)

RESEARCH APPROACHES: Why do people develop type 1 diabetes at all? What circumstances contribute to the development? Are there factors that increase the risk of developing diabetes and those that might protect against it? ...more (in german)

FURTHER INFORMATION: Research institutions, Internet, studies, reference literature. ...more (in german)

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