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March 16, 2007

Five-fold increase in Diabetes

Investigators in the UK report that the incidence of diabetes among children under the age of five has increase dramatically in recent years:

The number of British children under five diagnosed with a specific type of diabetes has risen five-fold over 20 years due to unidentified environmental factors, a study said on Friday.

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"This could either mean that we are being exposed to something new, or that we now have reduced exposure to something that was previously controlling our immune responses," said Professor Polly Bingley from Bristol University.

"We now need to work to identify what these changes might be," she added.

As mentioned above, they're not certain why but the evidence suggests either and environmental factor and a change in the lifestyle and health of the population.

Posted by Blogorithm at March 16, 2007 12:33 PM


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