Understanding type 1 diabetes and the leading theories on its causes and most effective treatment innovations is critical for moving the needle forward for patients suffering from this chronic disease.

La Jolla Institute for Immunology has developed an informational resource focused on the fundamentals of type 1 diabetes, its prevalence and complications, and recent research advances uncovering the disease’s mysterious potential causes and treatment targets. The brief, easy-to-understand e-guide provides a comprehensive overview of this devastating disease, which chronically impacts patients with a broad range of backgrounds and presents significant financial burdens for those with the disease as well as for the broader economy.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.6 million people in the United States. Institute Professor and world-renowned type 1 diabetes expert Matthias von Herrath, M.D., is exploring the hypothesis that there’s something in the pancreas driving its own destruction in type 1 diabetes. Dr. von Herrath and his laboratory have made inroads, thanks in part to their collaborations at the Institute and with partners beyond.

By approaching Life Without Type 1 Diabetes from several angles, von Herrath and his colleagues are endeavoring to unlock the root of many autoimmune diseases. As the prevalence of autoimmune diseases, like type 1 diabetes, continues to increase and the potential impacts of viral infections on autoimmune health are becoming an increasing concern since the COVID-19 pandemic began, understanding the mechanics of autoimmune diseases and influencing variables is more important than ever.


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