I’ve been a type 1 diabetic for close to seven years now and have always been surprised as to the lack of understanding around the condition. Over the years, I have been advised by some great, and some not so great practitioners. Here’s a story beginning with a great practitioner and ending with a Google-athon.
As part of her research, she claimed that the onset of diabetes was triggered by a virus that attacks the body between the months of November & April. Not knowing many other type 1’s – I was impressed by her accuracy as I was diagnosed towards the end of March in 2005.
For reasons unknown, I decided to research this today utilising the encyclopedia of Google. I couldn’t find any research that supported her theory, however, as I sifted through the pages, serendipity struck and I found a couple of articles linking type 1 diabetes to childhood mumps.
As a youngster, I pretty much got every cold that was going, bronchitis, swine flu, even viral meningitis! With that in mind, it’s no surprise that after my MMR vaccination I was later to develop mumps. I’d love to know whether I am just conforming to coincidence or whether this could be a valid hypothesis.
Sadly without paying for these articles online, I was unable to find reliable statistics supporting a correlation between the two. But there is certainly a lot of talk re: the subject online.
So, type 1 diabetics, did you ever have mumps as a child? Have you heard of this virus theory? Oh and out of interest, do you remember which month your diabetes was diagnosed?