During the last few years juvenile diabetes research has escalated at such a fast pace that it’s often hard to keep up with all the new findings that are being published. There has been yet another study that has just been published by the BBC online that is suggesting that children born late in their mother’s life have an increased risk of developing juvenile diabetes.
Over the years since my son’s diagnosis I have myself noticed that a large number of the moms that I’ve met that also have children with juvenile diabetes seem to be women that had their children a little later in life just as I was when my youngest son was born. I thought it odd that I didn’t know too many ‘young’ moms with a child that had been diagnosed and early in my son’s diagnosis I had wondered if that may have been a reason for my son’s diabetes. Over time I dismissed the idea and a million others that had plagued me as I searched for an explanation to help me understand ‘why?’
I read the article and came away with a ‘hmmm…’ but other than that, I don’t see a lot of usefulness for studies such as this one. I suspect that there could be hundreds of studies done in an effort to support a hundred different hypotheses and every one of them would produce some data that would seem to prove the researchers hypothesis right. Yet for every study that is done and seems to come to some definite conclusion, there will be thousands of people with juvenile diabetes that don’t fit into that data that was put forth.
While research findings like this are interesting, are they really ‘valuable?’ Or is it just an attempt to grab at straws hoping to find the right one? Will studies like this one really ever bring us to the full knowledge of what triggers juvenile diabetes or are there just too many variables in the equation to ever fully understand it? Is money donated for ‘diabetes research’ spent wisely in funding studies such as this or would it be better spent in research directed at CURING diabetes rather than trying to pinpoint a thousand different triggers that will never apply neatly to everyone?