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Alarming increase in diabetes in children worldwide

Today’s children to bear brunt of diabetes epidemic

The International Diabetes Federation reports that there is an alarming increase of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children worldwide.

Their figures reveal that over 70,000 children develop type 1 diabetes each year. Nearly half a million (440,000) children worldwide under the age of 14 now live with type 1 diabetes.

At the same time, they say, “Type 2 diabetes, previously unheard of in children, is rising at alarming rates, especially among ethnic minorities. More than 200 children a day now develop diabetes. For many children from the developing world, the outlook is bleak.”

Read more: Press release, IDF, 5 Dec 2006

Diabetes and obesity – the new pandemic

Paul Zimmet, Director of the International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne gives an Australian slant to the above story.

Read more: Online Opinion, 8 Dec 2006

Published on December 8, 2006 in International news