The Rise of Juvenile Diabetes

Juvenile diabetes, long regarded as extremely rare, has recently rocketed up the list of autoimmune diseases affecting children. In fact, according to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the incidence of this disease increased 23% between 2001 and 2009, with no known explanation.

juvenile diabetesJuvenile diabetes, now called Type I diabetes, is unlike Adult onset or Type II diabetes in that it is completely unrelated to weight or diet. This type of disease occurs when the immune system turns on the pancreas, attacking and destroying the insulin-producing cells. This autoimmune response can begin at any age.

There is currently no known cause or cure.

Most research to date suggests that Type I diabetes likely results from the combination of genetic susceptibility and exposure to environmental triggers. However, because of the slow pace of genetic change, environmental risk factors appear to be the de facto reason behind the recent increase in disease.

One widely accepted theory is that Type I diabetes may be triggered by a viral infection, such as a stomach virus or the flu. The basis for this explanation is the ‘molecular mimicry’ theory. In the simplest terms, the virus looks like the body’s own insulin-producing cells, so the immune system attacks them along with the infection. Without those cells, no insulin is produced, and insulin-dependent diabetes is the result.

Viral infections, however, are not new to the environment, and therefore, do not fully explain the recent jump in numbers.

Another emerging hypothesis takes molecular mimicry one step further and includes the immune response following vaccination as a possible trigger.

This theory suggests that an autoimmune disease may be triggered after vaccination in the same way doctors and scientists believe it is set off by viral illness.

The human immune system responds to both vaccination and to viral infection in much the same way: it identifies the foreign invader, learns to recognize and remember that invader, and then destroys it. It is on this basic premise that immunization is effective in neutralizing future infections. After exposure to the remembered pathogen, the immune system kicks back into action. When human cells look like these invaders, the immune system fails to turn itself off and continues to destroy healthy cells.

Concerns over the expansion of the vaccination program and the concurrent spike in Type I diabetes was enough to prompt a CDC funded study to investigate the connection. Another article published in Pediatrics in 2001 concluded that vaccines were not connected to Type I diabetes; however, the lead author of that study has recently been accused of manipulating research to produce the CDC’s desired outcome in another vaccine-related study.

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine states that “evidence that vaccines cause type I diabetes has been well established.”

There are no definitive answers revealing the cause of the rise in Type I diabetes, and more research must be conducted to determine the environmental component that is responsible for the dramatic climb in the incidence of this devastating, life-long illness.

This article has been updated November 2015.

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17 Comments

William Fuzi

Or there is a vaccine that looks like the Beta cells in the pancreas, and they are triggering the immune system to attack. Or maybe it’s the use of adjuvants in the same vaccines causing an auto immune response.

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Sarah

This doesn’t explain how someone at the age of 10 say gets it as they were immunised quite a few years before.

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Andre Angelantoni

Sarah: The aluminum salts used in vaccines are not completely excreted so it can take years for a condition to appear. We are have found that macrophages engulf the aluminum particles and move them around the body through the lymphatic system.

Many early exposures can lead to disease later. Google “latency period youtube” and watch the first video that comes up and it will use asbestos as an example.

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Bruce Yawn

I and my identical twin were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at ages of 29 and 30, many years after any kind of innoculations

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Tiffany McCallister

Forty-two years (since 18 months of age) is how long I have lived with Type 1 and hoping the number of diagnosis goes down. Since I was diagnosed at Lebonar Childrens Hospital, my parents thought my vaccination I had a short time before, had something to do with the disease. We are not radical people- I had the rest of my vaccines and now that I have children (one biological- most difficult thing EVER, and one adopted) they both have had their vaccines. BUT- we have GOT to find out what causes this disease and find a cure. Praying it happens while my body is still in good shape!

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Edgar

Good luck. The American medical has failed many peope throughout her history, and continues to do so today as both political party’s continue to fight each other tooth and nail rather than working to better humanity, its health, and all concerned.

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Jennifer

I also have a friend who was diagnosed weeks after “catching up” on some vaccines. Just an observation, but the doctors don’t really take in to consideration any possible infections, for example she tested for strep quite often even asymptomatic, (they would test her just in case when her brother would show symptoms and she would test positive for it). It used to be if a child was sick they would wait on the vaccines, now they just do them regardless.

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mich

Diagnosis of Type 1 can be in adulthood as well, not just children. I was diagnosed at 52 yrs. of age.

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Focus For Health Team

Thank you for your comment. The article was intended to focus on children’s health, but may have been misleading. The content has been updated to reflect the true reach of this disease.

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Joanne Mack

Millions of children are suffering daily from symptoms and complications from Tyoe1 diabetes and with this new research it can save the lives of so many children.

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S Ia

This is why it is so important for people to vote for options – whats good for one person is mot good for all – there should never be a mandate for any medical
Procedure especially vaccines!!! I believe im some vaccines but not with the current amount or schedule or the current ingredients!

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Eric Durak

The relationship between diabetes (T1D) and vaccines is the reason I became interested in the vaccine issue. As a former researcher in diabetes and the famed Sansum Medical Research Institute in California – I worked with some of the nation’s top diabetes specialists – both MDs, and PhDs. The initial link of T1D and vaccines came in the 1980s when research in the Journal of Pediatrics (Champsaur) discussed a relationship between the Coxackie B virus and autoimmune destruction of the beta cells (the insulin producing) of the pancreas. Later research by La Port (Diabetes Care 1992) looked at pockets of areas in the US that had high levels of diabetes vs. the general population. One of the most common elements? The DTaP vaccine (which contains the Coxackie B virus). So – for over 30 years there has been a connection right in front of us – and diabetes is one of the strongest. We hope that more people involved in the conversation will continue to bring these topics to light. For my entire article on diabetes and vaccines – visit my web site.

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Valerie

Is anyone aware of any lawyers who are taking this matter on as a class action lawsuit? I have a 14 year old son who between ages 11-12 participated in a vaccine experiment that his pediatrician recommended and said was safe. Last year at age 13, he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. I regret letting him participate in the experiment and have decided to opt out of all future vaccines, but I truly feel the vaccine experiment led to his Diabetes. I believe this because within a year of the experiment, my husband and I started seeing medical signs (e.g., thirstiness, frequent urination, sores that were slow to heal leading to staph infection, low energy, and mood swings) that we now understand are related to the disease. Before the diagnosis, our son was a healthy, and active child consistently involved in athletics. He remains active, but now has the burden of a potentially fatal disease to deal with, on top of the astronomical medical costs we pay out of pocket due to a high deductible and high premium on a self-employed medical plan.

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Nancy

This part of the article really caught my attention: “The human immune system responds to both vaccination and to viral infection in much the same way: it identifies the foreign invader, learns to recognize and remember that invader, and then destroys it. It is on this basic premise that immunization is effective in neutralizing future infections. After exposure to the remembered pathogen, the immune system kicks back into action. When human cells look like these invaders, the immune system fails to turn itself off and continues to destroy healthy cells.” I’ve read articles about viruses being grown on human fetal cell lines now, instead of animal cell lines. This could very well be the reason vaccinations are doing more harm than good. When a foreign object (animal cells) is injected in the human body it attacks these cells quickly because it is a known invader… BUT if human cells are injected the immune system gets confused and doesn’t properly shut down…therefore damaging healthy cells. All parents need to refuse all shots until all this is properly researched and safe vaccines are produced, instead of the poison they are injected into both children and adults. No wonder autoimmune is on the rise.

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Nancy

This part of the article really caught my attention: “The human immune system responds to both vaccination and to viral infection in much the same way: it identifies the foreign invader, learns to recognize and remember that invader, and then destroys it. It is on this basic premise that immunization is effective in neutralizing future infections. After exposure to the remembered pathogen, the immune system kicks back into action. When human cells look like these invaders, the immune system fails to turn itself off and continues to destroy healthy cells.” I’ve read articles about viruses being grown on human fetal cell lines now, instead of animal cell lines. This could very well be the reason vaccinations are doing more harm than good. When a foreign object (animal cells) is injected in the human body it attacks these cells quickly because it is a known invader… BUT if human cells are injected the immune system gets confused and doesn’t properly shut down…therefore damaging healthy cells. All parents need to refuse all shots until all this is properly researched and safe vaccines are produced, instead of the poison they are injected into both children and adults. No wonder autoimmune is on the rise.

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A. R. Cabershaun

There is a known cure for diabetes! Rejuvenation of the pancreas. Although there isn`t
much money in this and there is tons of money in diagnosing that people have it

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