Juvenile Diabetes Associated With Viral Infections

Diabetes one of the most chronic disease in children and adolescents as of 2007 151,000 cases were reported. Every year more than 13,000 new cases are diagnosed.

Type 1 diabetes known as Juvenile diabetes. It is a disease with disrupted metabolism with unnaturally high blood glucose levels caused by a deficiency of insulin discharge into the pancreas. The immune system is in someway stimulated to gradually destroy insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas to the point of where the patients body cannot make any more insulin. Persons with type 1 diabetes have to maintain insulin therapy for their life time.

Researchers from the University of Insubria and Ospedale di Circolo in Verse, Italy, have discovered a statistically major connection between enteroviral infection and the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in children. The discovery was reported at the 110th general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego, California. 

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Type 1 diabetes materializes in persons that are genetically influenced. An exposure yet to be determined triggering environmental elements or elements may be needed.

According to Antonio Toniolo a researcher on the study had stated the study was for the probable link of enterovirus infections who had type 1 diabetes at time of diagnosis. Literature conjuncts that infection by distinctive enteroviruses possibly can be associated with the early stages of diabetes.

Researchers tested the of 112 children at the time of diagnosis for any presence of enteroviral DNA. The children tested were between the ages of two and sixteen years old and all were patients at the Pediatric Endocrinology Units of Verse and Pisa. Of the type 1 diabetes patients 83% showed low level enteroviral infection and genome fragments.

Toniolo warned that the statistics did not furnish a random association between enterovirus infections and diabetes. Nevertheless, the high influence of enteroviral genome sequences in recent diagnosed type 1 diabetes cases showed that various enterovirus types exhibit a major bio marker of early stage juvenile diabetes.

Toniolo went on to state that if matching results maybe obtained in other geographical locations of patient populations prior detection may aide lead researchers to diagnose other environmental causes that guide to type 1 diabetes growth and could possibly create ways for prevention and treatment one day.

For information see on Juvenile type 1 diabetes go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.

Some symptoms of Juvenile Diabetes type 1 include:

Frequent urination
Unintentional weight loss
Dry and itchy skin
Blurred eyesight
Extreme thirst
Slow healing of sores

Unfortunately there is only one treatment available which is taking insulin daily. Monitoring of glucose levels is vital. This is to ensure sugar levels are in appropriate range. The glucose levels can be changed by a variety of factors including other illnesses, medications, stress and foods.

There are some alternative therapies to help with type 1 juvenile diabetes. Here are a few:

Nutritional Therapies
Nutritional therapy is a integration of two components one to manage diabetes and two is to educate the patient on how to manage the disease.

Nutritional therapists will teach things such as how to reduce fat intake, increasing whole grains and fibers along with selecting foods that sugar down, help weight control and decrease cholesterol.

Lifestyle Coaches
Lifestyle changes that patients need to make are taught. Such as exercise which prevents weight gain and helps control sugar levels.

Ayurvedic Therapies
Ayurveda practitioners will address diet issues including modifications if necessary, herbal massages and herbal steam saunas for body cleanings. Herbal preparations and yoga for exercise to help with breathing.

Chinese Medicine
Chinese herbal treatments can reduce the frequency of insulin injections. The herbal treatments are not meant to replace insulin injections just to change the frequency and dosages of injections.

Some local St. Louis Practitioners

Gateway Family Wellness Center
60620 A Telegraph Road
314-219-8489

The Center for Mind and Body
7649 Delmar Boulevard
314-725-6767

Manisha Kale (ayurvedic)
314-317-9838

The Meridian Institute for Naturopathic Therapies (diet, herbal)
8748 Big Ben Boulevard
314-677-4041

May 26, 10 • Diabetes Support Blog