Scientists have associated swine influenza with type 1 diabetes

Young people infected with the swine influenza virus H1N1, may be prone to type 1 diabetes. This has been established by Norway scientists, who analyzed the data of 2.28 million people aged 30 and under for the period from June 2009 to June 2013, reports.

The study has shown that volunteers, who reported about swine influenza symptoms during its pandemic, were 18% more likely to have type 1 diabetes than those, who did not have swine influenza symptoms. The greatest risk had the participants aged 15 and younger, who were infected with swine influenza virus H1N1. Diabetes 1 type was 25% more often developed in such participants.

The scientists are not sure of the presence of causal effect. According to experts, people can be genetically predisposed to type 1 diabetes. However, other factors are needed for the development of the disease. Probably one of such factors is infection with H1N1 virus.