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Who Is Affected by Type 1 Diabetes

About 24 million people in the United States have diabetes; about 5.7 million of those people don't know that they have it.

About 5% to 10% of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.1

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  • About 1 out of 500 children and teens has type 1 diabetes.2
  • Type 1 diabetes most often develops in girls around 10 to 12 years of age and in boys around 12 to 14 years of age.
  • The incidence of type 1 diabetes seems to be increasing, and there appears to be an increase among young children, especially from birth to age 4.
  • White people have a higher rate of type 1 diabetes than other racial groups.

Citations

  1. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2008). National Diabetes Fact Sheet 2007. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available online: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2007.pdf.

  2. Laffel L, et al. (2005). Treatment of the child and adolescent with diabetes. In CR Kahn et al., eds., Joslin's Diabetes Mellitus, 14th ed., pp. 711-736. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer David C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology
Last Revised September 14, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 14, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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