A three-year-old girl has just been diagnosed with type 1A diabetes and her parents are currently receiving education from the diabetes education nurse at the hospital where their daughter is receiving treatment. How can the nurse best explain the etiology of their daughter’s health problem to her parents?
“The problem that underlies her diabetes is that her own body has destroyed the cells in her pancreas that produce insulin.”
“It’s not known exactly why your daughter has completely stopped making insulin, and treatment will consist of your rigidly controlling her diet.”
“This tendency to produce insufficient amounts of insulin is likely something that she inherited.”
“Environmental and lifestyle factors are known to play a part in the fact that her pancreas secretes and withholds insulin at the wrong times.”

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