Type 1 Diabetes in Children

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The rate of Type 1 diabetes in children is rising at an alarming rate, according to recent research. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill takes a look at the study and its conclusions.

Dr. Hill:

An alarming study released this summer revealed a 23 percent jump in Type 1 diabetes cases in children over an eight-year time period.

The study also found a 21 percent increase in Type 2 diabetes among children and adolescents under 20.

The startling data details the frequency of the disease that can lead to nerve, cardiovascular and kidney damage.

The data was reported at a meeting of the American Diabetes Association and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.

The study evaluated data from 20,000 children and adolescents under the age of 20 at hospitals and health centers in five states over an eight-year period, ending in 2009.

Researchers do not yet know what is triggering diabetes or why it is increasing.

According to the CDC, 18.8 million Americans have been diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and an additional seven million are undiagnosed, costing the U.S. $116 billion in direct medical costs annually.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.