Korea Has Low Rate of IDDM

A recently completed study of type 1 diabetes in Seoul found that, of the city’s 2,568,933 children under 15 years of age, only 71 developed type 1 diabetes between 1985 and 1988.

All other aspects of diagnosis, including season and age, were similar to those in other areas. The researchers speculate that the low incidence could be due to genetics, and suggest that their findings might be used as a baseline number of genetically predisposed individuals before the addition of environmental factors.

The study was conducted at the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Seoul National University and published in the December, 1994 issue of Diabetes Care.