January 31, 2013

Toll of T1D in Philadelphia Soars

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liberty-bellPhiladelphia has seen an extreme increase in the Type 1 diabetes diagnoses in the last 20 years. The city of brotherly love is donning an unfriendly dislike of young islets, according to the study.

The research came from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. The database has gathered the incidence of T1D diagnosis from 1985 – 2004.

The upward trajectory of T1D diagnosis has increased each year. However the  most dramatic increase was between 2000 – 2004.

The study conclusion was published in Diabetes Care. The most marked increases were among white children ages 10–14 years and black children, up to 4 years old. The incidence of T1D is 18 times higher than that of T2D in white children but only 1.6 times higher in black children.

The Liberty Bell symbolizes freedom and independence. There is an irony to the fact that the Liberty Bell has a crack in it. T1D in young people can fracture freedom and independence. But the silver-lining in this playbook is that the Liberty Bell has continued to inspire freedom and independence despite the crack, as will all people with T1D.

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