Two teams of scientists identified the hormone insulin on Wednesday as the trigger that causes the more severe form of diabetes.
Researchers have been mystified about what makes the body’s immune system turn against itself to attack cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels.
Now they believe insulin itself is the key.
Reachers hopes, if (the results) are reproduced and if it is true, then they have a way of stopping type 1 diabetes by turning off the immune response to insulin.
Both research reports are published in the science journal Nature.