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Study Finds Type 1 Diabetes More Likely in White Children

Posted June 26, 2007

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— A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that race may play a big role in which kids get the type of diabetes that is most common in children.

Almost three years ago, 13-year-old Sierra Horecky learned she had Type 1 diabetes. Her body can't make its own insulin.

“At my school, there's only two kids with diabetes, and I'm one of them,” Horecky said, but there are thousands of kids like her nationwide.

In fact, about 15,000 kids are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes each year in the United States. About 3,700 develop type 2 annually.

“We found that type 1 diabetes is very, very common in all racial ethnic groups, but especially white kids,” said the study leader, Dr. Dana Dabelea of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

The nationwide study of more than 2,400 newly diagnosed children in 2002 and 2003 found that kids with type 1 diabetes were most likely to be white and to diagnosed when they were between 10 and 14 years old.

Type 2 was much less common than type 1, but it once almost never occurred in children.

“Type 2 used to be called adult-onset diabetes and did not used to occur in children. However, we are now seeing type 2 diabetes at younger and younger ages,” Dabelea said.

Type 2 is associated with being overweight and is most common among American Indian, African American and Hispanic teens aged 15 to 19.

Cutting calories, eating healthy and regular exercise can help prevent type 2 diabetes, but not type 1, for which there is no known cause.

Before the diagnosis, Horecky’s diabetes had put her in a coma. She and her parents did not know the warning signs.

Now, they do. The signals include “frequent urination, drinking a lot of water and weight loss,” she said.

She said she wants other children to know they're diabetic before it causes other serious health problems.


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  • get over it people Jun 28, 2007

    You guys need a life.

  • JustanotherNCopinion Jun 28, 2007

    Sorry, I meant she was found not guilty of any "criminal" charges and was therefore not referred to prosecutors. They did find her in violation of election rules, but only had her repay minimal monies with no punishment otherwise.

  • JustanotherNCopinion Jun 28, 2007

    Cumberland COUNTY I meant. (See recent WRAL articles about her alleged mishandling of monies - which she says she simply forgot and was therefore found not to be guilty of any wrongdoing)

  • JustanotherNCopinion Jun 28, 2007

    I wonder if I can start a "nonprofit organization" like the black lady politician heads up in Cumberland and receives $110,000 per yr. for her "part time" work for her Sikle Cell organization? You think the government would give me tax money like they give her organization? I don't think so.

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Jun 28, 2007

    Can be exercised more yes. However, don't discount the "everyday" racism. I cannot tell you how many times people of another race held the door open for someone of their own race, only to allow it to shut just as I got to the door. I have been called a "white Jew" by people of another race who knew nothing about me. I could go on, but my point is this: racism towards blacks is in the news, racism towards white is not. I personally don't judge by race; I try not to judge at all but if I feel I must I judge by actions, not appearance. I really hope that things change for the better for all races. Thank you for respect; I have enjoyed the exchange. Signing off.

  • triangle citizen Jun 28, 2007

    I get what you are saying, but there is still more racism directed towards blacks than directed towards whites. Keep in mind that we are not that far removed from segregation and horrible stuff like that sticks with people for a long time. Posters are quick to bring up Jesse Jackson and I agree he sticks his nose into too many situations. However, many people don't recall that he was on the balcony when Dr. King was shot. Don't you think that would cause a lasting effect on you too. Racism does go both ways, but there are more whites in positions of power, therefore if they are racist, it can be exercised more.

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Jun 28, 2007

    triangle citizen you missed my point. I am not saying whites face more racism, just that they face it. From what I have seen, the media portrays that only blacks face racism, which is NOT true. And it is not just one way--just as there are whites who have no use for blacks, there are blacks who have no use for whites. I am just tired of the one sided portrayal. Thanks for taking time to read this.

  • triangle citizen Jun 28, 2007

    Spunky, it would be wonderful if history was taught to incorporate everyone's background and if funds for college were distributed evenly..........I get your point.

    However, it has been shown over and over it doesn't happen.

  • triangle citizen Jun 28, 2007

    Yes racism goes both way, but your argument is weak at best. Black history month was started because everyone gets white history all year long. Black history month was created so black history would not be lost.

    The United Negro College Fund was created at a time when white kids got most of the funds available. By the way white kids that choose to go to HBCUs can take advantage of scholarships for minority students as well. I know some that have done it.

    It is funny, people talk about the UNCF, then in the same breath talk about people not wanting to better themselves. UNCF provides a way for people to better themselves that, in most cases, would not be there.

    Please don't try to make a case that whites face more racism than blacks.........that is lunacy!!!

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Jun 28, 2007

    If by being sensitive you mean that we are able to realize that there is racism going both ways and are able to comment on it, you are correct.

    Example? There is a United Negroe College Fund; if someone were to start a United White College Fund, I have no doubt that there would be an uproar. There is Black History Month; no White History Month. Why does there need to be a separation? Why can't there be a United College Fund? Why can't there be a National History Month? This is uncalled for.

    As for the topic, it is sad that kids this young have to take control of something this serious at such a young age.