What do we know about the trends in incidence of childhood-onset type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes requires intensive ongoing management and may lead to complications that affect multiple organ systems. Concern has been raised about the increasing incidence of type 1 diabetes worldwide, given the impact that type 1 diabetes has on quality of life and the long-term cost to healthcare systems and individuals with diabetes and their families.
Trends in incidence of type 1 diabetes
In this issue of Diabetologia, Patterson et al  report the most recent analysis of data from the EURODIAB study, which is comprised of 26 centres in 22 European countries . A 3.4% annual increase in type 1 diabetes from 1989 to 2013 among children <14 years of age was reported, with the rate of increase tending to be reduced in some high-risk countries with higher incidence rates.
Previously, the same group published a report that focused on the incidence of type 1 diabetes using EURODIAB registry data from 1989 to 2008 . This earlier report demonstrated non-uniformity...
KeywordsChildhood Epidemiology Incidence Trends Type 1 diabetes
The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young
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