More and more Swedes get type 1 diabetes, which used to be called juvenile-onset diabetes.
It was previously thought that the increase only applied to children, but now it’s clear that the disease is also increasing greatly in people between 14 and 34 years:
Nobody knows for sure what causes the disease. For some reason, the immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells and kills them.
The increase in type 1 diabetes follows the rise of obesity – three times more people are obese today, than in the 80’s.
Obese people have greatly elevated levels of insulin in their blood, on average four times more (!) than lean people.
The same Western food that stimulate an overproduction of insulin, making susceptible people obese, may affect other people in other ways. Perhaps a hyper-stimulation of insulin-production constitutes a risk for an attack of the insulin-producing cells.
Perhaps the Western high-carb diet is not only behind obesity and type 2 diabetes in ever more people, but also behind an increased risk of type 1 diabetes?