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Detecting diabetes in children before symptoms appear

Doctors may be able to detect type 1 diabetes in children before they exhibit any symptoms of the disease, new research from Sweden shows. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that often appears in childhood and is the result of the body being unable to produce the hormone insulin.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease just like rheumatoid arthritis.  Early detection occurs during the honeymoon period in which the beta cells can still produce enough insulin to control blood-sugar levels.  Animal studies are clear that high-dose fish oil can dramatically postpone the damage to the beta cells by reducing the inflammatory attack on them.

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