When looking at a surge in cases of type one and many other autoimmune diseases, scientist are posing that environmental factors are having more to do with this disease then genetics. I tend to agree, however not with the environmental factors names in this article and the other ones published today. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5i2GDjPbM9g0dkbZwnjfx2Oz3LcsQ
I'm putting my bet on the work by Dr. David Elliott, and MANY other researches. I have an old post to an article on that research posted here. http://juvenation.org/groups/research_technology_rumors/forum/t/766.aspx
Here is a short version of the article on the massive expected rise in type 1 diabetes.
A surge in cases of insulin-dependent diabetes among children under five is expected to hit Europe over the next 11 years.
If present trends continue the numbers in 2020 are predicted to be double what they were four years ago, say experts.
Around 15,000 new cases of Type 1 diabetes were recorded across the whole of Europe in 2005.
Of these, 24% were children up to the age of four, 37% children aged five to nine and 34% children aged 10 to 14.
Researchers found that the overall incidence of the disease was increasing by 3.9% per year.
The increase in the 0-4 age group was 5.4%, with a 4.3% rise in the 5-9 age group and a 2.9% increase among 10 to 14-year-olds.
A total of 24,400 new cases were forecast for 2020, with a doubling in the number of cases of children aged five and under since 2005.
Numbers of child sufferers older than five were also expected to increase substantially.
Scientists say the changes are too fast to be explained by genetic factors alone.