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Type 1 dormant until age 5?

I was born perfectly healthy, however no one expected me to have type 1- even though a few members in my family have type 2.

I had a question on how I have type 1, however I didn't start getting sick, and showing symptoms of type 1 until around 5 years old. (just before kindergarten). I know some have it when they are directly born, but why was mine delayed, or dormant until that specific time?

Thanks.
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231441 tn?1333892766
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Hi,
it is not dormant.  It really didn't exist in you until when you were diagnosed.  It is believed that Type 1 is triggered when the body for some reason makes antibodies to it's own pancreas (Ie. starts to attack itself).  It is not known why this happens in some people - if they knew that for sure, then it would be easier to prevent.  However, it has been known to happen after an infection, or in some cases vaccination.  Did your Type 1 occur in close proximity to you having been sick or recently vaccinated.  
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Well thank you for the information, and no- I don't recall, nor my parents recall me being sick or vaccinated around that time.
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Hi.  Then it just happened for unknown reason.  Most important now is that you learn all about it, so you can manage it well.  YOu can expect a long and healthy life if you are able to do this.
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