Research Letter
May 3, 2016

Infections in Early Life and Development of Type 1 Diabetes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Institute of Diabetes Research, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Munich, Germany
  • 2Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Bayern (Bavarian Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians), Munich, Germany

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JAMA. 2016;315(17):1899-1901. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.2181

Viral infections, particularly enteroviruses,1 have been hypothesized to cause type 1 diabetes (T1D).2 Recent studies suggest that respiratory tract infections are associated with increased T1D risk if they are encountered within the first 6 months.3 We explored associations between infection types during the first 2 years and between respiratory tract infections in the first 6 months and T1D in a population-based cohort.

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