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Type 1 Diabetes - What Increases Your Risk

Risk factors are things that increase your chances of getting sick or having a problem. Risk factors for type 1 diabetes include:

  • A family history of type 1 diabetes. Having a family history of the disease increases the chance that a person will have islet cell antibodies. But it doesn't predict that a person will have the disease.
  • Race. White people have a greater risk for type 1 diabetes than black, Asian, or Hispanic people.
  • Presence of islet cell antibodies in the blood. People who have both a family history of type 1 diabetes and islet cell antibodies in their blood are likely to get diabetes. Family members of people with type 1 diabetes can be tested to see if they have islet cell antibodies. People who are found to have islet cell antibodies may be able to take part in studies about preventing type 1 diabetes.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 29, 2014
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