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Is type 1 diabetes a bacterial infection?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: No

Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body makes antibodies which attack the pancreas until it is dead.
It is not unusual for a viral or bacterial infection to immediately precede the presentation of diabetes, but this is not the main pathophysiology.

In brief: No

Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body makes antibodies which attack the pancreas until it is dead.
It is not unusual for a viral or bacterial infection to immediately precede the presentation of diabetes, but this is not the main pathophysiology.
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Dr. Natalie Hodge
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Dr. Cynthia Archer
For the record, no type of diabetes is caused by infection, but those with diabetes are immunosuppressed and therefore more likely to develop infections.
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Type 1 diabetes

No, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune process, where the body attacks its own insulin- producing cells in the pancreas.

In brief: Type 1 diabetes

No, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune process, where the body attacks its own insulin- producing cells in the pancreas.
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: No

It is considered as autoimmune disease.

In brief: No

It is considered as autoimmune disease.
Dr. Gutti Rao
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