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TYPE ONE DIABETES INCREASE

ANCHOR LEAD: TYPE ONE DIABETES IS INCREASING AT AN ALARMING RATE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Many more children are developing type one diabetes in Europe, and no one really knows why.  Christopher Saudek, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, reflects on the news.

Saudek:  It’s a surprise that its going up this fast.  There’s been some evidence that the rate of type one diabetes may be increasing but this points to a faster rate of increase than we’d thought and it is type one diabetes, distinguished from type two, it’s not just a function of something like obesity.  The problem is we really have no idea why this is happening.  We know that it seems to be more in northern Europe even than in southern Europe, much less in Asia or Africa, where the rates are much lower.  :28

Because type one diabetes usually develops early in life, careful blood sugar control is extremely important to avoid long term consequences of the condition, so early detection is key. Saudek says screening at risk children may be appropriate.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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