Study finds onset of type 1 diabetes more prevalent in adults than formerly believed
In one of the largest global studies of its kind, a multi-institution collaborative of researchers led by Emory University found that onset of type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes, is much higher among adults than previously believed.
The investigators reviewed all published studies between 1990 and 2021 and found that there was a significant burden of newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes among adults.
In surveying global patterns of the disease, researchers found that prevalence varied considerably by geographic region, with rates of new cases of adult-onset type 1 diabetes lowest in Asian countries and highest in Nordic countries — a finding that is consistent with other research on children and adolescents with this disease.
The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, also found that men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with adult-onset type 1 diabetes and a significant number present late in life.
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