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March 16, 2007

Dramatic Increase in Type 1 Diabetes

Topics: Health Issues

The increased incidence of Type 1 Diabetes in children under the age of five is staggering:

The number of British children under five diagnosed with a specific type of diabetes has risen five-fold over 20 years due to unidentified environmental factors, a study said on Friday.


"This could either mean that we are being exposed to something new, or that we now have reduced exposure to something that was previously controlling our immune responses," said Professor Polly Bingley from Bristol University.

"We now need to work to identify what these changes might be," she added.

Researchers are mystified but were not at all bashful about giving their opinions leading to reports that the increase in diabetes is the result of "good health", being "too clean" or not breastfeeding.

More here.

Posted by tim at March 16, 2007 1:46 PM

As I blogged myself a while back, ( Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune disorder as everyone well knows. Researchers have found three antibodies that are present in at least 70%, and possibly as many as 90% of all type 1 cases. This then puts early diabetes diagnosis before frank symptoms appear within the realm of possibility.

Early diagnosis, before frank symptoms occur raises the possibility that symptoms could be delayed and potentially prevented by the use of immunomodulator drugs to prevent further damage to the islet cells.

I would expect to see similar rises in asthma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and other autoimmune diseases as well.

Posted by: Rorschach at March 16, 2007 2:04 PM

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