A fourfold difference in the incidence of type 1 diabetes between Sweden and Lithuania but similar prevalence of autoimmunity
2004 (English)In: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, ISSN 0168-8227, E-ISSN 1872-8227, Vol. 66, no 2, 173-181 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We investigated whether other autoimmune disorders in addition to type 1 diabetes are more common in Sweden than Lithuania, and if there are any differences in inheritance patterns of both type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune disorders.
Data from 517 children in southeast Sweden and 286 children in Lithuania aged 0–15 years were included in the study. Age- and sex-matched control children were randomly selected. Information was collected by questionnaire.
Of the children with diabetes in Sweden, 13.2% had a family member with type 1 diabetes compared to 7% of children with diabetes in Lithuania (P<0.01) (OR=2.01). No such difference was seen for other autoimmune diseases in family members of children with diabetes (Sweden 12%, Lithuania 14%, n.s.). Control children in Lithuania had family members with autoimmunity more frequently (15.3%) than control children in Sweden (7.4%, P<0.001) (OR=2.26). This difference was most pronounced in mothers. The Lithuanian control children had an autoimmune disease more frequently than the controls in Sweden (4.7% versus 1.5%, respectively, P<0.001) (OR=3.21).
There seem to be environmental factors that specifically contribute to the development of type 1 diabetes, factors which are less related to the development of autoimmunity in general.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 66, no 2, 173-181 p.
type 1 diabetes, autoimmune disorders, environmental factors, inheritance factors
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-22337DOI: 10.1016/j.diabres.2004.03.001Local ID: 1538OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-22337DiVA: diva2:242650