I came across this article today in the Colorado Springs Gazette: http://www.gazette.com/articles/diabetes_32157___article.html/type_insulin.html The article states that T2 isn't the only type of diabetes diagnosis that's currently on the rise; T1's are on the rise, too. I also recently read that kids with T1 are getting diagnosed at younger ages than they did a generation ago (I believe I read that now the average age is 3-4 years old, whereas it used to be 7-8 years old).
It's interesting that whatever environmental factor triggers T1 has been extremely difficult to identify. Although, I agree with JDRF's take on it: that they are more focused on a cure and preventing complications than they are on figuring out what actually causes T1. I suppose that we may never know exactly what triggers T1, since the research money is going toward a cure.
I was sick with a virus right before my diagnosis, and my family had moved to a new town in a new state in the year prior to my diagnosis. Plus, my mom was really ill the entire time she was pregnant with me (unlike her pregnancy with my older brother, who does not have T1). I often wonder whether I would still have T1 if any of these factors had been different or not present.
Did you have any big changes in your life just prior to your diagnosis? Do you ever try to brainstorm about what your "trigger" may have been?