If the trend continues, the number of children under five with type 1 diabetes will double. Cases can be deficient of vitamin D and too clean housing.
Diabetes type 1 is the variation of diabetes, which is not caused by obesity. In Europe, the number of children under 15 who develop an automatic disease increases by 3.8 per cent annually. Especially, the disease's increase in very young children is remarkable. Between 2005 and 2020 the number of children under five with the condition will double.
The case is not clear. There is a genetic element, but environmental factors also play a part. As the disease is more prevalent in northern Europe, vitamin D deficiency could be a cause. After all, this vitamin is created by the sun. Another explanation is possible that our houses are too clean. Because children do not have enough contact with germs, their immune system responds differently, so that the body can attack its own cells.