EnvironmentThe environment plays a big role in the development of type 1 diabetes-In Win Lotto Systems fact it's twice as important as the genes. The evidence for this comes from several different observations:First, for the past forty years, the incidence of diabetes has been increasing, and it is occurring in younger children. This time period is too short for this to be a change in the genetic makeup of the population Second, diabetes is more common in the northern latitudes (Scandinavia) and becomes less frequent as you go toward the equator.
This is not because people at the equator are genetically protected-when they migrate to northern latitudes, they too become susceptible to type 1 diabetes. For example, it was recently shown that Pakistani children born and raised in England have a higher risk for developing type 1 diabetes compared to children who have lived in Pakistan all their lives.What is it in the environment that increases the risk of getting type 1 diabetes? We do not know. However, there have been a number of hypotheses: one hypothesis relates type 1 diabetes to infections with viruses such as rubella and Coxsackie B4; another hypothesis relates type 1 diabetes to the consumption of cow's milk. So far, neither of these has been confirmed as being the culprit.
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