More cases of childhood diabetes, total has doubled in 30 years


The number of children diagnosed with diabetes in the Netherlands has doubled over the past 30 years, according to research by paediatrician Angelien Spaans-Hummelink.

‘The research stemmed from a feeling we had that more children were being diagnosed with diabetes,’ she told local broadcaster RTV Noord.

There are some 6,000 children with type 1 diabetes in the Netherlands, and 500 to 550 new cases are identified every year.

Spaans-Hummelink said there is no direct reason about why the number has gone up but says she suspects there is a link with other auto-immune diseases.

‘We know that children with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have another auto-immune disease such as an over or under-active thyroid or a gluten allergy,’ she said.

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