Diabetes Forecast

Type 1 Diabetes in Kids Increases in Waves


When researchers charted the number of children diagnosed with type 1 each year between 1985 and 2010 in western Australia, they found that diabetes increased over time but occurred in waves. Every five years, the number of kids developing type 1 rose and then fell. The researchers say that a similar cycle has been observed in England, thousands of miles away. The cyclical nature of type 1 diagnosis rates indicates that the disease is triggered by outside factors that vary with time, such as infections. The researchers hope to identify the type 1 triggers, as a step toward preventing the disease in the future.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online July 26, 2012



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