Fresh research into type 1 diabetes indicates that the chronic condition and wintertime may be linked. Researchers analysed data from 31,000 children across 53 different countries to reach their conclusion.
Apparently, diagnosis peaked between October and January, and the trend towards type 1 diabetes diagnosis in winter was more prevalent in boys. The results of the study were published in journal Diabetic Medicine.
Diabetes charity Diabetes UK were reported as commenting: “Results from previous studies in this area have been conflicting, but this larger study shows a stronger correlation, which is interesting, especially as we still don’t know exactly why Type 1 diabetes develops. Investigating why we might be seeing this pattern could tell us more about what may be triggering the development of Type 1 diabetes . Despite this, the study looked at correlations over a relatively short period of time and not all centres that took part in the study showed the correlation between seasonality and diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes, so more data is needed before more definite conclusions can be drawn.”

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