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Diabetes In Children

Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in children: 90 to 95 per cent of under 16s with diabetes have this type. It is caused by the inability of the pancreas to produce the hormone insulin. Type 1 diabetes is classified as an autoimmune disease, meaning a condition in which the body's immune system 'attacks' one of the body's own tissues or organs. In Type 1 diabetes it's the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas that are destroyed. How common is it? Childhood diabetes isn't common, but there are marked variations around the world: in England and Wales 17 children per 100,000 develop diabetes each year in Scotland the figure is 25 per 100,000 in Finland it's 43 per 100,000 in Japan it's 3 per 100,000. The last 30 years has seen a threefold increase in the number of cases of childhood diabetes, particularly in the under 5s. In Europe and America, Type 2 diabetes has been seen for the first time in young people. This is mainly caused by the increasing trend towards obesity in our society. But obesity doesn't explain the increase in the numbers of Type 1 diabetes in children – who make up the majority of new cases. What causes childhood diabetes? As with adults, the Continue reading >>

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  1. Sushrut Sonkusale

    Because Indians dont do any exercise, nor they play any outdoor games. India dont have any free spaces,grounds,sport complexes,collage sports like western countries. Thus due to our unhealthy lifestyle we are number 1 in diabetes. You can see on indian streets that very few indians looks physically fit.Indian schools never teach to students the importance of sports and exercise and most of the indians thinks that their final aim is to earn money.

  2. Mario Clark

    Diabetes is also beginning to appear much earlier in life in India, meaning that chronic long-term complications are becoming more common. The implications for the Indian healthcare system are enormous.

  3. Ashish Ranjan

    First of all as a nation we are not the ones with highest incidence rate (%age population affected with a disease). In the current ranking for incidence rates we are at Rank 79, with an incidence rate of ~9%. However if you multiply it with our population it turns out to be a very big number.
    But an incidence rate of ~9% is not less by any means and the cause of all this is mostly the sedentary lifestyle that has come with the modern way of living, accessibility to fast foods and rising cases of obesity.
    Type-2 diabetes as such is a lifestyle disease and is mostly diagnosed in people who are obese and do not have a active lifestyle.
    So along with the billion of dollars and another billion of jobs that the modern day trade has brought to India it has also brought a lot of desk jobs and sedentary lifestyle for Indians and the result is the higher incidence rate for diabetes.
    So grab out your running shoes and start an active life and not Insulin

    Credit: Incidence rate copied from Prevalence of Diabetes in the World, 2013

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