In August, 30 Mississippi children were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, reportedly double the number diagnosed in a single month just one year ago.
The state Department of Health doesn’t track the number of diabetes diagnoses, but the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is called when a child is diagnosed to guide families and help provide services.
Mary Fortune, executive vice president of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, said, to her knowledge, there isn’t a known cause for the increase.
“There’s been talk of environmental, but I don’t think anybody knows right now,” Fortune said.
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