Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease

The numbers are growing worldwide for T1D, an autoimmune disease in which a persons pancreas stops producing insulin.  This trend alert informs us of a promising program investigating a vaccination.  What this alert does not do is raise the question as to why we are seeing growing numbers in teens and adults, a minimum of 30K, who are diagnosed every year.  What is the cause?  It's great, wonderful, to have a possible vaccination but it won't stop the numbers from growing if we don't place effort into figuring out the root of the problem.