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ANCHOR LEAD: HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND TO THE REPORTED INCREASE IN TYPE ONE DIABETES?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS.

The rise in type one diabetes reported in Europe raises the question of what can we do about it?  Christopher Saudek, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, says a higher degree of vigilance on the part of health care providers and parents may be warranted.

Saudek:  In situations where a parent has type one diabetes then there’s a greater risk for children with type one diabetes, but the rate is still small.  If they are at high risk that can be tested.  If they have a family history, they have a first degree relative with type one diabetes.  Usually it comes on fairly dramatically and the children do become thirsty and really tired and so on.  In the study in Europe they do suggest that there should be heightened awareness on the part of the medical community to know that type one diabetes is on the risk.             :29

Saudek says this increase points toward some environmental factor as important, and may help researchers identify it.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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