1. My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in November 2013 at age 11after we lived in a water-damaged home all that summer. I was having neurological symptoms and was very ill myself. I missed the signs of her blood sugar issues until she was in critical condition. There were 2 doctors at our hospital that actually conceded that her diabetes was likely a result of the toxic environment.

  2. Doug Kaufmann with David Holland M.D. came out with a book in 2003, titled “The Fungus Link to Diabetes”. It has lots of info on mycotoxins, studies, supplements, eating plans. You’ve probably cited it somewhere in your web pages and I haven’t gotten there yet. Seems like there is a lot of research out there but its being ignored.
    His book covers the exposure to mycotoxins through foods, which seems relatively trivial when compared to breathing the stuff 24/7. If a link can be proven at those lower levels of exposure, how much more is it toxic to the pancreas at the higher levels when breathing it in day and night.
    The disconnect is so wierd, that professionals have ignored this. Thank you for informing us on this.

  3. Wow! I’m both glad and saddened to hear others are in this same situation. My 11 year old was dx with T1 June 2016. Then my 13 year old September 2016. Now I, their mother age 38 dx today with diabetes 1/23/17. Currently waiting on labs to see which one. We rent and our home is ridden with mold. We’ve lived here 2 years last October 2016. I’m wondering if there is a correlation. We are literally getting diabetes every 3 to 4 months in this house. We have 9 children. I’m so concerned for our other children. My husband is T1 but he’s been since 6yo. He’s the step-father to my 2 diabetic son’s. I feel like our children (his and mine together) have 3 strikes against them. 2 parents with diabetes, and half siblings with it. Any info you have is greatly appreciated.

    • Thanks for taking the time to share your story, Amy. You all have really been through it. My direct email is I don’t have any further information about the diabetes but lots of information on dealing with mold issues in the home. If I can help in any way let me know.

  4. I found this page as I was searching for other peoples experiences on the connection between T1D and toxic mold. I’m actually writing from Finland, so I appologize for all the misspelling. 🙂

    I have a story quite similar to ones told above. After living in our “dream home” for 1,5 years I first started having unexplained pain in my joints, muscle weakness and breathing problems. I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease which was causing the symptoms, but one doctor – professor specialized on mold illness – was convinced that mold exposure was the most significant trigger behind my disease. At that time we had already found out that there was Aspergillus, Penicillium and Chaetomium growing in our lovely little toilet.

    We temporarily moved out and the housing company renovated some parts of our flat. After moving back my symptoms started getting worse again in few months. I didn’t want to believe it at first, but then couple of months later my son – 4,5yo at the time – was diagnosed with T1D. It came as a total surprise. There are no diabetics in my or my huspands family. To me it was obvius from the very first day of diagnose that T1D was my sons “mold illness”.

    I’m convinced that different kind of problems with indoor air (and other environmental factors) play a significant role in the growing amount of autoimmune diseases. In Finland T1D is very common, and what’s interesting is that there are much less T1D diagnoses behind the border in “less modern” Karelia, even though the genes are very similar between finns and karelian people. I belive that this has something to do with differences on bacterias we’re expoced to.

    Thank you for posting this interesticg article. As a mother you need to connect the dots somehow and try to find any information available on mold and T1D. I just wish there was scientific researches found on the subject so I could show them to our pediatrician as well.

  5. I would like more information please please please. I’m 33 & lived in a house with black mold for over 5yrs. I was diagnosed with type 1 4yrs ago. Since then my health has seriously gone down hill & no doctor wants to listen to me. I just realized today what could actually be wrong & why my body is shutting down. I would love to know any information you have found. I can’t stand the constant pain anymore. Thank you in advance 💙

    • I don’t have any more information than what I have posted, Heather. Simply knowing the exposure likely played a role is a good piece of information. An anti-fungal diet can help tremendously if you have not tried that.

  6. Hello, I moved into an apartment in Bethlehem PA that has water leaks in the foundation. The water leaks, when they dried out caused mold to grow all over the building. There are constant maintenance issues in the 1st floor apartments. And all the concrete hollow blocks that are used in the foundations have mold growing in all the hollow spots of the CMU’s. The buildings are 50 years old and who knows what kind of craftsmanship was used by workers 50 years ago in this section of Bethlehem PA. When I moved into this place I asked about a mold issue here because I’ve had allergic reactions to mold before and was told there was never any issues. The lady who was the manager/leasing agent/realtor was just trying to fill up the apartments and outright lied to me. After a week here I texted her and told her that I was experiencing allergic reactions like severe breathing problems, major coughing up black tar-like sputum, a major skin rash along with raw lips (initially thought it was just chap lips). I was tested by my dermatologist by taking a biopsy sample of my raw lips and the test results were that I had a staff infection.

    Lately my sugars have been extremely high. My doctor just told me I am diabetic after an A1C test. I know of a person in Stewartsville NJ who lived in a moldy apartment who developed T1D at the age of 40. That raised concern and curiosity to me. His entire life without checking to see if he has T1D! Now I’m diabetic and I swear it’s from living in this moldy building. Other residents of this building have had heart attacks and strokes. My feelings brought me to this page via an internet search. I’m no doctor or researcher but I feel there is a relationship between mold and diabetes and who knows what else

  7. I was recently diagnosed with an elevated glucose level 2 years after a water leak in my home. Last week, I decided to install new flooring. When I pulled back the carpet, I found a small amount of black mold near the area that was flooded. I also found mold growth in between a box of tiles that were stored upstairs. My contractor advised me that since there wasn’t a musty or moldy smell, that I should not be alarmed. He stated it was normal for an older home to have a small amount of mold (My house is 22 years old). He treated the area and replaced the carpet with hard wood. Before finding mold, I had often suspected something in my environment was affecting my health because not only I had I suddenly developed year around allergies, my pets had as well.

    Within the last two years, my dog began to develop “hot spots” on his skin, was constantly licking his paws, lethargic, did not want to eat and had enlarged nodules on his throat. After having a full examination by the vet, blood work, biopsy, etc, they could not tell me why he was having these symptoms. The biopsy indicated inflammation but no cancer cells. All of his blood work came back normal with the exception of an increased glucose level. Out of curiosity, I took my other two dogs to the vet for blood work. They also have an increased glucose level.

    Aside from the allergies and increased glucose levels, I have developed night terrors, kidney pain, anxiety, blurry/cloudy vision, vertigo, brain fog, shortness of breath, dry mouth, nausea, change in thyroid levels, extreme ear pain (i have to rub vicks vapo rub everyday near my ears and keep cotton in them at all times) and excessive hair loss. My MD referred to an ENT, Dermatologist, Endocrinologist, Allergist, and even sent me to a gynecologist without any answers. No one can explain why I am experiencing these symptoms.

    In the end, I am convinced my health issues are caused my mold.

    I was up in arms with trying to figure out what was going on. When I learned more about mold, I knew in my heart that mold was the culprit.

  8. My son also has T1D was diagnosed 6months to a year after our arrival to our new house. The bathroom was gutted due to mould that took out the entire studs inside the wall. Our bedroom was next door to where we slept. I also got the mumps and was hospitalised around this time. I started experiences eating / digestive issues and joint pain. I was later diagnosed with celiacs disease. Makes you wonder. You could be onto something. Now I spend my days at home researching cures for diabetes and eating gluten free and dairy free foods. To think it could have been all avoided without the presence of that terrible bathroom.


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