Climates on incidence of childhood type 1 diabetes mellitus in 72 countries

Sci Rep. 2017 Oct 9;7(1):12810. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-12954-8.


We are aimed to systematically assess the worldwide trend in incidence of childhood type 1 diabetes mellitus (CT1DM) from 1965 to 2012 and to discuss whether climate affect incidence of CT1DM. We searched the relevant literatures in detail to judge the effect of different climates on incidence of CT1DM. The climates included Mediterranean, monsoon, oceanic, continental, savanna, and rainforest. According to different climates, we further researched relevant factor such as sunshine durations and latitudes. The overall incidence of CT1DM in 72 countries was 11.43 (95% CI 10.31-12.55) per 100,000 children/yr. The incidence of CT1DM in Oceanic climate [10.56 (8.69-12.42)] is highest compared with other climates; the incidence in 40°-66°34'N/S [14.71 (12.30-17.29)] is higher than other latitude groups; the incidence in sunshine durations with 3-4 hours per day [15.17 (11.14-19.20)] is highest compared with other two groups; the incidence of CT1DM from 2000 to 2012 [19.58 (14.55-24.60)] is higher than other periods; all p < 0.01. Incidence of CT1DM was increasing from 1965 to 2012, but incidence in Oceanic climate is higher than other climates. Furthermore, it is higher in centers with higher latitude and lower sunshine durations. The climates might play a key role in inducing CT1DM.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Climate*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Internationality*
  • Male
  • Sunlight