Diane Kress’ comment:
I think this research from TEDDY is a major step forward in what may help forestall (or someday help prevent) type 1 diabetes
It’s true that type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease and does appear to have a genetic component. It is probable that because a child has the genetic predisposition to type 1 diabetes, ascertaining that the child is showing an autoimmune response can alert the physician to suggest and parents to make changes in the child’s lifestyle to help forestall the actual development of type 1. Some stressors that can accelerate the disease progression are: high carbohydrate intake, lack of exercise, emotional stress, illness, chronic pain.
If my child tested positive for type 1 antibodies, I would understand that type 1 diabetes is most likely in the stars, but lifestyle change that lowers stress on the pancreas and insulin requirements can help buy time prior to the disease being diagnosed. The longer a child can hold onto pancreatic beta cell function, the better. There will be a cure for Type 1 diabetes.