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Why is my own immune system attacking my body? Did I do something to cause my diabetes?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Unclear
If you're talking about type one diabetes, the one when your body makes no insulin, then what probably happened was your immune system was exposed to something (maybe a virus) that looked to it like the cells in your pancreas.
It then started mistakenly treating those pancreatic cells like an illness it needed to get rid of. Type 2 is something else entirely. Bottom line: you didn't cause it.

In brief: Unclear
If you're talking about type one diabetes, the one when your body makes no insulin, then what probably happened was your immune system was exposed to something (maybe a virus) that looked to it like the cells in your pancreas.
It then started mistakenly treating those pancreatic cells like an illness it needed to get rid of. Type 2 is something else entirely. Bottom line: you didn't cause it.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Autoimmunity
Autoimmunity is the failure of an organism in recognizing its own constituent parts as self, which allows an immune response against its own cells and tissues.
Any disease that results from such an aberrant immune response is termed an autoimmune disease. The answer to your question is "no!" not your fault.

In brief: Autoimmunity
Autoimmunity is the failure of an organism in recognizing its own constituent parts as self, which allows an immune response against its own cells and tissues.
Any disease that results from such an aberrant immune response is termed an autoimmune disease. The answer to your question is "no!" not your fault.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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