Adult-Onset Type 1 Increases Risk of Autoimmunity Diseases
Compared with people who develop type 1 diabetes as children, those diagnosed as adults may be more likely to develop other autoimmune conditions (disorders in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells, such as the insulin-producing ones in the pancreas for people with type 1). Such conditions include both over- and underactive thyroid, rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease. In a study of 1,212 people with type 1 diabetes, those who developed diabetes after age 40 were three times more likely to develop another autoimmune condition than those diagnosed at age 10 or younger. Autoimmune diseases can happen anywhere in the body, so consult your doctor if you experience any unusual symptoms.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online Oct. 25, 2018