Diabetes type I rate among young children grew 70% over 2 decades

Diabetes type I rate among young children grew 70% over the last 2 decades

The trend of diabetes growth around the world is so high and fast that the American Academy of Pediatrics recently released the first official guidelines – ever – regarding how to treat diabetes in children.

What has this new American study found?

  • Incidence of type 1 diabetes in very young Philadelphia children under the age of five increased by 70% from 1985-2004
  • Type 1 diabetes among all children increased by 29%
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the rates of type 1 will increase by 23% by 2050

“We have demonstrated a significant increase of type I diabetes over time, particularly in children under the age of 5 years old.  Whatever is driving the increase of type I diabetes in general, it appears the youngest children are the most susceptible”
Professor Terri Lipman, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia.

“Whether you look at Europe, Canada, Australia or the U.S., type I diabetes in youth is increasing.  And some of the largest increases are in the youngest age group.  What isn’t clear is what specifically is driving this increase.  Numerous theories abound, but none has yet been proven.  Because the incidence is increasing so rapidly, it must be in the environment.  Obviously it’s something in the environment that has changed the threshold for this disease.  Where we see the fastest growing rates of type I diabetes is in areas of rapid modernization, like in Eastern Europe, around the fall of the Iron Curtain”
Dr. Richard Insel, chief scientific officer for JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

Study of 322,998 Philadelphian children as published online in Diabetes Care, February 2013, and reported by scpr.com and WebMD News from HealthDay News on February 8, 2013.

Posted: Thursday 14 February 2013