Was it eating too much sugar?
Was is not having enough exercise?
Was it being slightly overweight?
After learning more about type 1 being an autoimmune disease, I know it's none of the above.
Which brings me to my next set of questions:
Am I the one responsible since I have Hashimoto's Thyroid Disease?
Could it be from Lupus being in the family?
Could it be from Crohn's Disease being in the family?
There are definitely autoimmune issues that run through my family. With Andrew having celiac disease, that just adds yet another autoimmune disease to the list, although there is a strong link between celiac disease and type 1 diabetes.
I can't help think about what the doctor asked me in the hospital when he was admitted, "Has your son been sick recently?". The only thing I could think of was that he had what I thought was hand-foot-mouth disease a few months prior. He had ulcers under his tongue, rash and temperature. The pediatrician was skeptical that's what he had because the rash was in slightly different places. His younger brother had the same virus, but worse. He had a lot more trouble eating due to the ulcers.
Could something as simple as a cold virus have sent everything in motion?
I guess you can say that we will never know, but it really makes me wonder. After peaking my curiosity with the hand-foot-mouth disease, I decided to Google any relationship that it would have with the onset of type 1. I've read that the coxsackie virus, particularly B4, can be responsible for destruction of the beta cells within the pancreas. I've included some links below that I found relating coxsackie with diabetes.
With diabetes affecting infants, could that mean that the mother had a cold before she delivered? Could a cure for diabetes be a vaccination? These are burning unanswered questions and I hope and pray that they will be answered in the near future.