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The search for what triggers type 1 diabetes

"Everyone's like, 'Wow, how in the world does (my sister) not have it?' " said Payne, 23, who once played forward on Stanford's soccer team, like her sister. "They can't really fathom it." Though experts agree that genetics influence who gets type 1 diabetes, Payne's story suggests that something other than genes must also be at play.

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What is known is that type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.  It is also known that mothers in Norway who gave their newborn children about 800 mg of EPA and DHA for the first year after birth had a 26% lower incidence of diabetes compared to mother’s who didn’t give their children any supplemental EPA and DHA.  It is also known that omega-3 fatty acids play a critical role is maintaining the integrity of barrier between the gut and the blood.  Maybe the answer to preventing type 1 diabetes may a simple as giving children lots of fish oil.

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