Increase in Type 1 Diagnoses

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Increase in Type 1 Diagnoses
Wed, 02-06-2013 - 5:29pm

A study of Philadelphia children found an increase in the number of insulin requiring Type 1 diabetes:

Researchers whose work appeared in the journal Diabetes Care found that the number of children under five diagnosed with type 1 diabetes increased 70 percent in 2005 from 1985, when a registry of such patients was begun.

The number of diagnosed cases among all children up to age 14 rose by 29 percent.

"Why are we seeing this large increase in type 1 diabetes in very young children? Unfortunately, the answer is we don't know," said lead author Terri Lipman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

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I hope that more research is done to determine what could be causing the increases.  The article suggests that it could be related to Vitamin D deficiencies, lack of breasfed babies, or over-hygienic environments.  

What are your thoughts about the increases?