Common cold may increase diabetes risk in kids

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Viral respiratory tract infections – such as the common cold, flu, tonsillitis, bronchitis and pneumonia – during the first six months of life are likely to increase the risk of type 1 diabetes in children, according to a new study. The results suggest that the first half-year of life is crucial for the development of the immune system and autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes (T1D). According to the researchers, the risk of type 1 diabetes increases in children who had a respiratory tract infection between birth and 2.9 months or three to 5.9 months of age compared with children who had no tract infections breathing in these age ranges.

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