From Gainesville, Florida, USA:
How many young people in the United States have diabetes? How many new cases are being diagnosed each year?
It depends of course on what you mean by 'young' and also on where you live and on your ethnic background. Also diabetes is not a certifiable disease, but for most of North America and Western Europe, an incidence of around 18 new cases of type 1A (autoimmune) per 100,000 of population per year up to age 20 would be a reasonable guess. This level seems to be slowly rising and of course it does not include the growing number of young people with type 2 diabetes.
An earlier estimate by the National Institutes of Health gave a figure of 123,000 new cases a year.
Additional comments from Dr. Larry Deeb:A recent school survey suggests about 2, 000 children in school in Florida with diabetes.
[Editor's comment: According to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation:Each year approximately 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with type 1, over 13,000 of whom are children. That's 35 children each and every day.SS]
Original posting 18 Oct 2002
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