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Is living in an overly clean world increasing Type 1 Diabetes?

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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Apr 27, 2013 13:17
  • Is living in an overly clean world increasing Type 1 Diabetes?
    Hmm, should I have eaten that piece of bubble gum that my BFF Wendy pulled off the road when I was about 6 years old?  I remember watching her pull out little rocks - and wondering - yuck - as she stuck into her mouth (she really enjoyed chomping on that piece of "who knows where it had been before" wad of pink sticky goo with the odd bit of rocks).  Even at that age - I knew it was not the right thing to do - and luckily for me - I never followed her example.  Last time thing I heard about her - about 20 years ago - she was working as an airline attendant - with a tan that screamed tanning bed whore (and I worked in the tanning place she came too - ouch!).
    So, why am I talking about eating crap off a road - it is full of gems - who knows what you could get from it!  I mean, yuck, the person before might have had some sort of disease.  Well, according to some researchers - the reason for Type 1 diabetes becoming more frequent (and increasing 3% annually over the past 10 years) has something to do about residing in a rich nation along with less exposure to infectious diseases aka pathogens.  Are we living in too clean a world?

    Some of the theory's are that we humans are supposed to be dirty - that we are over protected.  Yeah - I can vouch for that with seeing my Mum friends - constant cleaning of door knobs with Lysol, or not allowing their child to pick up a a penny from the dirt - DON'T TOUCH THAT!!!   If we don't build up immunity - how can we fight off the even more nasty things that attack us that are worse than whatever you might have contracted from a previously chewed by someone else piece of gum off a hot sticky summer road?  Hmmm, maybe I should of partaken in the chewing routine with Wendy now ....

    With Type 1 diabetes - our immune system somehow gets mixed up - and decides that healthy beta cells are just as bad as the evil cells that invade our body.  This then causes our pancreas to become destroyed - or at least that's how I - as a nonmedical person has come to understand why I got diabetes.  According to the the report from Medical News Today (see link below) - young children don't develop the proper antibodies due to being too clinically clean.  They state that by being this way - that we don't build up immunity with the help of germs that build up our resistance to fighting off even more evil things that may come our way later in life. The one good thing though is that Swedish scientists have managed to stop the immune system from destroying beta cells in animal experiments.  

    To read more about other factors/theories that are linked to the uprise of Type 1 diabetes you can check it out at Medical News Today.  

    NOTE:  Prior to getting diabetes as a child - I had chickenpox - what a load of itchy/scratchy fun .  There has always been a theory that having an infectious disease can sometimes lead to Type 1 diabetes (I've spoken to others that have mumps or measles - and they became diagnosed later).   Now, if that's the case - than doesn't this scientific report go against what we've thought  perhaps caused us to get diabetes?
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  • By: FatCatAnna: Apr, 28, 2013 11:56 AM
    True Natalie!  I know that this "scenario" of what causes T1D has been circulating around for many years (I have a link for a paper done back in 2008 - but it's on my other computer - so can't post it here yet - and it's VERY technical and pages long - too much for the average reader to take in - including myself). 

    I do think tho' that we humans are a wee bit overzealous with the cleanliness aspect with all the antibacterial products available now over the past 10-20 years.  Personally, I don't use them if I don't have to.

    Like you say - who knows with time maybe there will be more to what we're being told now - or just another rehash of what we're hearing here (and it keeps the researchers employed ).

    By: natsera: Apr, 27, 2013 18:57 PM
    Well, my take on it is, I'd rather have a child with T1 who stands a good chance of LIVING than one dead of some horrible contagious disease like malaria or TB. Until they can get more specificity on this one, I'll pass.

    By: : Apr, 27, 2013 13:40 PM
    The average human consumes Approx. 26 pounds of dirt throughout his/her lifetime. I'm not sure how they measure that....... must ask Filter Queen. Well if I was to believe everything some anxious grad student or grant gleaner was to print then I would have no space left for that little known human necessity called "Common Sense" I know that being published increases ones tenure, but sometimes I think these reports should be left in the circular file. Oh and by the way too much sugar causes Type 1 don't you know?????

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