Shanghai, China, Has the Lowest Confirmed Incidence of Childhood Diabetes in the World
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus in 0- to 14-year-old children in Shanghai, China, from 1980 to 1991.
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Data were collected from hospitals with pediatric departments. The secondary source of validation was primary and middle schools.
RESULTS The average crude annual incidence rate was 0.61/100,000 (95% confidence interval, 0.48–0.77). The ascertainment-corrected incidence rates were 0.72/100,000 (0.57–0.91).
CONCLUSIONS The incidence of childhood diabetes in Shanghai, China, was one of the lowest, if not the lowest, in the world.
- Received March 30, 1993.
- Revision received May 12, 1994.
- Accepted May 12, 1994.
- Copyright © 1994 by the American Diabetes Association