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Enteroviral infection may increase risk for diabetes
MedWire News: Study results show that evidence of enteroviral infection is most common in pancreatic islets from patients with Type 1 diabetes, but is also found in some islets of patients with Type 2 diabetes. “Enteroviral infection has long been implicated in triggering autoimmunity, islet inflammation (insulitis), and beta cell death in human Type 1 diabetes,” say Noel Morgan (Peninsula Medical School, Plymouth, UK) and colleagues. However, much of the evidence to date is circumstantial and less is known about potential links with Type 2 diabetes.