Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Laidley, Queensland, Australia:

I am a pension Officer with the Vietnam Veterans Federation, and we have a male client, in his 70s, diagnosed 43 years ago with type 2 diabetes. He saw active service during World War II (56 years ago) when Army rations were high in fat and salt, and the men were constantly dehydrated. He also suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at that time. Is it possible that this diet over a four month period, combined with extreme physical activity and extreme stress, could contribute to his condition?


It is unlikely that the trauma contributed to his condition when diagnosed. Generally, type 2 diabetes is related to either insulin resistance or poor metabolic control. If the trauma of World War II (over 12 years earlier) were to be implicated, then the diabetes would have manifested itself much earlier.


Original posting 2 Oct 2003
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:52
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.