Respiratory infection in infancy tied to diabetes risk

07/1/2013 | HealthDay News

A German study of 148 babies who had a first-degree relative with type 1 diabetes showed that having a respiratory infection during the first six months of life was associated with a more than twofold increased risk of developing islet autoantibodies by age 3. Infections between 6 and 12 months of age increased the chances of developing the antibodies by 32%, researchers wrote in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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