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Diabetes in children could double by 2020

The number of children under five with type 1 diabetes could double in Europe by 2020, research published in the Lancet claims.

The research by Dr Tim Jones and Dr Trang Ly of the University of Western Australia also predicts a 70 per cent rise in cases of the disease in children under 15 years old.

The researchers say health professionals need to develop different and new ways for control glycemic levels in these young patients as many will be too young to control their levels themselves and may have an increased risk of hypoglycemia.

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