Re: [IP] prevalence of Type 1 diabetes in adults and children
I agree with you that proper treatment and a high standard of care are
important in diagnosing type 1 diabetes. Unfortunately, when it comes to
care and proper diagnosis, children do not fare much better than adults.
Children are often diagnosed very late. Just go to
to see the story of a little boy who was diagnosed December 30th and is
still laying in a coma. This story is all too common. Children die in this
country because their symptoms are not connected. My own son was diagnosed
in DKA. We are lucky he lived through that awful night. And our story is
not unusual. I've spoken to many parents who took their children to the
pediatrician repeatedly being told the problem was anything from a urinary
tract infection to the flu. I've even spoken to parents who specifically
asked that their sick child be checked for diabetes only to be refused.
I haven't spoken to a single expert in the field who agrees with your
statement that more adults develop type 1 diabetes than children and I have
been unable to find any data to support that claim. Although, in my mind it
really doesn't matter. JDRF's function is to raise funds to put toward
research toward finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications.
It doesn't matter what age you are. If you have type 1 diabetes, JDRF is
working for you.
----- Original Message -----
> Yes, in recent years Type 1 diabetes has been seen in younger and younger
> children. But the increase in Type 1 autoimmune diabetes is being seen
> across ALL age groups, not just very young children. And yes, the CDC says
> most Type 1 diabetics are diagnosed as children or young adults, but they
> consider young adult up to age 40, and they also acknowledge that that
> does not include those with LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults,
> by NIDDK to mean a condition in which Type 1 diabetes develops in
> adults). And
> no, a sampling of 1000 insulin pumpers on Insulin-Pumpers.org does not
> define an
> average age of diagnosisbut antibody testing of tens of thousands of
> people can
> be used to extrapolate an average age of diagnosis. Markers of the immune
> destruction of the beta-cell include islet cell autoantibodies (ICAs),
> autoantibodies to insulin (IAAs), autoantobodies to glutamic acid
> (GAD 65), and autoantibodies to tyrosine phophata!
> ses IA-2 and IA-2beta. According to John Walsh, author of Pumping
> and Using Insulin, about 10% of all diabetics have classical Type 1
> and about 15% of all diabetics have LADA. The CDCs numbers indicate that
> of the
> 30,000 people newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes each year, 17,000 (56%)
> adults, and those numbers do not include newly diagnosed people with LADA.
> That Type 1 autoimmune diabetes is a disease that predominantly strikes
> children is just a myth. The vast majority of people who acquire Type 1
> autoimmune diabetes are adults. Why does it matter that the myth be
> Because those of us who are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as adults (or
> misdiagnosed as having Type 2) are often given inappropriate treatment. I
> one of themhospitalized in DKA at age 35, but the next morning I was
> taken off
> of insulin and released from the hospital. The next week of my life was
> until I insisted that I be put on exogenous insulin. I had acute-onset
> Type 1
> diabetes, but initially was not given appropriate treatment for the
> disease I
> had. I know so many people who have had similar experiences, and that
> needless suffering.
> ALL people who acquire Type 1 diabetes should be put on exogenous insulin
> early as possible, to control glucose levels, prevent further destruction
> residual beta cells, and reduce the possibility of diabetic complications.
> It is important that the medical community, including the JDRF, recognize
> true scope of Type 1 diabetes, which includes adults who have late-onset
> Type 1
> and adults who have LADA. Misdiagnosis results in needless suffering,
> hastening the development of diabetic complications. Antibody testing may
> somewhat expensive, but it does identify those who have autoimmune
> diabetes and
> is cheap when compared with the high cost of complications.
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