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Relevant Population Characteristics for Diabetes Prevalence Among Utah Youth

Relevant Population Characteristics

The exact cause of type 1 diabetes in youth is unknown, although it appears that an individual must have a genetic predisposition combined with exposure to some environmental trigger before it will develop. Environmental factors that trigger diabetes have not been specifically identified, but recent research suggests that infections, such as mumps, rubella, or coxsackie B, may play a role. Although less than one percent of American youth have diabetes, the risk increases to 2-3 percent if the mother has type 1 diabetes and may be as high as 6 percent if the father has type 1 diabetes.

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Content updated: Fri, 26 May 2017 10:19:45 MDT