Virus infection raises diabetes risk in kids

ISLAMABAD: Children who have been infected with enterovirus are around 50 per cent more likely to develop Type 1 diabetes, says a study.

Type 1 diabetes is considered to be caused by complex interaction between genetic susceptibility, the immune system and environmental factors, health news reported.

“Though the cue for genetic predisposition has been elucidated, evidence also points to involvement of enterovirus (EV) infection, including viruses such as polio virus, Coxsackievirus A, Coxsackievirus B and echovirus,” researchers said.

To investigate the link between EV infection and subsequent Type 1 diabetes, the researchers used a nationwide population-based data.

They looked at Type 1 diabetes incidence in children aged up to 18 years with or without diagnosis of EV infection during 2000-2008.

Overall incidence of Type 1 diabetes was higher in the EV infected children than in the non-EV infected group a 48 percent increased incidence rate in the EV infected versus the non-EV infected children.

Hazard ratios of Type 1 diabetes increased with age at diagnosis of EV infection, with a more than doubling of the risk of Type 1 diabetes (2.18 times increased risk) for entry at children aged over 10 years.

Source: APP