Aaron J. Kowalski, Ph.D., President and CEO of JDRF has issued a statement based on two new reports issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which estimates a nearly 30% increase in the number of T1D cases in the United States in the last two years, with youth cases growing most sharply among minority groups.
The CDC’s 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report cites that in the United States, T1D diagnoses included 1.4 million adults, 20 years and older, and 187,000 children younger than 20.
That totals nearly 1.6 million Americans with T1D – up from 1.25 million people – or nearly 30% from 2017.
A separate CDC report focused on T1D in youth, showed that T1D is growing most sharply in African American and Hispanic youth populations. As the reason is unknown, the CDC is advocating for continued “surveillance” of T1D in today’s youth populations.
According to the report, between 2002 and 2015:
- T1D cases among African American children increased by 20% with 20.8 children diagnosed per 100,000
- T1D cases among Hispanic children increased nearly 20% with 16.3 per 100,000
- T1D cases among Asian / Pacific Island children increased 19% with 9.4 per 100,000
- White children are the slowest growing demographic with a 14% increase, yet remain the most impacted group with 27.3 T1D cases per 100,000
The report also showed that diagnoses occurred most frequently between the ages of 5 and 14.
- 33.5% were ages 10-14
- 27% were 5-9
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