Childhood Diabetes on the Rise in Europe
Posted on May 28, 2009
A new study suggests that the number of children in Europe diagnosed with diabetes will double by 2020. After examining tens of thousands of cases, researchers said the cause of the increase remains largely unknown.
Writing in The Lancet, they say genetics alone cannot account for the rapid rise, and suggest lifestyle factors are likely to play a role.
The study is based on 29,311 cases of type 1 diabetes recorded in 20 European countries between 1989 and 2003.
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Type 1 diabetes sufferers must routinely inject insulin.