Are New Type 1 Cases Leveling Off?
New cases of type 1 diabetes have been on the rise since the late 1980s in countries worldwide, with the highest reported rate documented in Finland in 2005. Now, Finnish researchers report that the numbers are no longer increasing, with type 1 rates having leveled off between 2005 and 2011 in children younger than 15. The researchers suggest that the plateau may have been caused by increases in blood levels of vitamin D or some other environmental factor. Additional studies will be needed to see if this promising trend has gone global—and whether it continues.
Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association, July 24/31, 2013