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Low levels of vitamin D may increase a person's risk of developing type 1 diabetes, according to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

In contrast to type 2 diabetes, which typically occurs when the body becomes desensitized to the blood-sugar-lowering hormone, insulin, type 1 diabetes is a disease in which the body's own immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.