May 28, 2009
The number of cases of insulin-dependent diabetes among children under five is expected to double in the next 11 years, according to experts. If present trends continue, by 2020 the number of children with type 1 diabetes will be twice the number it was four years ago.
[efoods]According to a new study about 15,000 new cases of insulin-dependent, or type 1, diabetes were recorded across the whole of Europe in 2005. Of these, 24% were children up to the age of four, 37% children aged five to nine, and 34% children aged 10 to 14.
The surge in new cases means that the overall incidence of the disease is increasing by 3.9% a year, with the steepest increase coming in very young children.
The increase in the 0-four age group was 5.4% with a 4.3% rise in the five-nine age group and a 2.9% increase among 10 to 14-year-olds.