Type 1 diabetes rising among Aussie children

THE number of Australian children with type 1 diabetes is rising by 10% every five years, an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report shows.

Data from the National Diabetes Registry led the AIHW to predict that more than 6400 children aged up to 14 years will have type 1 diabetes by 2013, compared with 5700 in 2008.

In 2007–08, type 1 diabetes accounted for 10% of all diabetes occurring in Australia, the report said.

Australia had the seventh-highest prevalence of type 1 diabetes among OECD countries, with a rate of 137.8 per 100,000 in children aged zero to 14 years, the AIHW found.

“We’re ranked about the same as the US, while Canada, the United Kingdom and some of the Scandinavian nations are worse than us,” said Anne-Marie Waters from the AIHW’s Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Kidney unit.

The registry, which includes people who started using insulin for diabetes since 1999, showed