Dirty kids at low diabetes risk
A study shows that diabetes in children is caused by a clean and hygienic environment.health and fitness Updated: Mar 16, 2007 18:11 IST
A new research has found that the reason behind an alarming increase in diabetic children is a more hygenic and cleaner living environment.
The research established that decontaminated living conditions saved children from many infections and diseases, as opposed to the earlier periods, when hygiene standards were very poor.
The study, done by The Bristol University, was funded by the diabetes UK Charity and examined 2.5 million people in Oxford between 1985 and 2004.
"It could be a result of people being exposed to fewer infections because of changes in hygiene," Daily Mail quoted Researcher Professor Polly Bingley, from Bristol University, as saying.
"The immune system is supposed to fight infection but in type one diabetes it gets misdirected," Professor Bingley added.
Type two, which which develops due to diet disorders, results when the body organs become resistant to insulin.
Statistics say that out of the estimated two million diabetes patients in the UK, almost 250,000 suffer from type one. The research put forth a 2.3 per cent rise in the children suffering from type one.
According to researchers, type one diabetes, which spread after the second world war, could not be caused by genetic factors only.
Professor Bingley said: "There have been so many changes in diet since then and the prevalence of breast feeding has declined. The diet of mothers while they were pregnant may also be involved"
Scientists suggest that the dramatic rise could also be due to increase in pollution levels, modification in children’s diet or a drop in breast feeding.