Increase in Type 1 Diabetes in Colorado Since 1978

Increases observed in both white and Hispanic youths

WEDNESDAY, March 14 (HealthDay News) -- The incidence of type 1 diabetes among Colorado youths has steadily increased by 2.3 percent per year since 1978, with increases among both whites and Hispanics, according to study findings published in the March issue of Diabetes Care.

Dana Dabelea, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver examined the incidence of type 1 diabetes in Colorado among whites and Hispanics aged 17 and younger.

The researchers found that the incidence of diabetes increased from 14.8 to 23.9 per 100,000 per year in 1978-1988 and 2002-2004, respectively. The overall incidence increased significantly by 2.3 percent per year since 1978, with significant increases for both whites and Hispanics (2.7 and 1.6 percent, respectively).

"The incidence of type 1 diabetes has increased 1.6-fold among Colorado youth from 1978-1988 to 2002-2004, and both non-Hispanic white and Hispanic youth are affected by this trend," Dabelea and colleagues conclude.

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