hey im a diabetic type one, and also got diagnosed at nine years of age. (now sixteen).
it started from having chicken pox, so im led to believe. i got chicken pox in september, during this time i lost a lot of weight, and became thirsty, tired and hot constantly, mum pestered to go to the doctors, but i was frightened. soon after i'd recovered from the pox, my little brother got it. mum didn't think of seperating us because id already had it like any parent would... but two weeks later... i became ill again! with the pox, after a visit to the doctors i was admited to the loca hospital, where they told mum they couldnt tell us what triggered it... now at 16, i wanted to research why i had it, with no genetics in my family of diabetes, i couldnt make sense. after a little research, i discovered virus's such as chicken pox can cause diabetes to show itself in a person. New studys are showing that stress might to, i was also very stressed with my family situation. who knows!
Funny you should post this. I got my first chicken pox vaccine when I was 21. That is when it first came out. I never got the disease naturally and my doc. told me that getting it as an adult is far worse than as a child so I better get the vaccine. Just 3 weeks later I began having the same symptoms that you had, severe thirst and weight loss, blurry vision.
There are several viruses that can spark diabetes, Coxsackie is the most common. Varicella ( chicken pox) is also a known trigger. When your body is finished fighting off the virus, it is so amped up, it attakcks itself. Such is the case in type 1 diabetes, Still, millions of people get those viruses and never get diabetes. It is believed that we have a faulty gene that can be triggered by some viral infection. For you it happened at 9. For me, not until 21. Still it is difficult to prove if the virus is the cause or simply infected you at the same time. Often people have recovered from the infection before diabetes is diagnosed and there is no way to tell. Not that it matters in the end. There is no way to reverse it or to stop the auto immune response. Well except recently there was some talk about how other vaccines can slow the bodies auto immune respoonse and some have even regrown some pancreatic function,
When viruses act as a "trigger" for something like type 1 diabetes, it means that you have the genes for the disease (i.e., a genetic predisposition). When you get a virus, your immune system goes into overdrive trying to fight the virus, as that's what your immune system is supposed to do! But if you have this genetic predisposition for T1D, your immune system also sees those beta cells as foreign objects and kills them too! It's possible that other people in your family have shared this genetic predisposition, but were never exposed to or affected by factors that would trigger it.
There is some belief that lots of vaccines can trigger auto-immune conditions, especially in people that already have a genetic predisposition towards getting auto-immune conditions. This is NOT to say that we should stop vaccinating people; the diseases that vaccines protect us against are pretty darn bad (most of us forget this because we've always lived in a world where we just take for granted that children don't regularly die from diseases like smallpox, measles, or whooping cough). But, I do think there needs to be a way to identify if vaccines are a triggering factor for some people and, if so, how to vaccinate them without triggering autoimmune diseases.
While I don't agree with all this, I do like your last sentence. Unfortunately, I think doctors like to shoot first and ask questions later since so few people (comparatively) will have that autoimmune response triggered.