NEW YORK, NY (WAFF) - A new study shows an increase in the prevalence of type-1 diabetes among young people in the United States.
According to the latest SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, the prevalence of type-1 diabetes in people under the age of 20 rose by 21% between 2001 and 2009.
The data confirms what leaders at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation have suspected, according to Richard Insel, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer of JDRF.
"The incidence of type-1 diabetes is on the rise in youth across all ethnic groups in the United States, and the disease is now having a more significant impact on black and Hispanic youth populations, which previously had relatively low rates of the disease," Dr. Insel said in a statement.
"The SEARCH study also underlines the need for continued support of programs like the federal Special Diabetes Program, which provided funding for this study and also funds crucial basic research into the causes and mechanisms of type-1 diabetes as well as efforts to cure, treat and prevent it," he continued.
The study covered five clinical centers in California, Colorado, Ohio, South Carolina and Washington.