AUSTRALIAN children are 20 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes than seven years ago, a new report has revealed.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare study also finds that sufferers are three times more likely to die prematurely than other Australians.
The report covers all patients on Australia's national diabetes register, which aims to record all new cases of insulin-dependent diabetes.
It found 76,000 people were diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes - mainly type one but also some type two patients - between 1999 and 2005.
More than 6000 were children aged 14 or younger.
The rate amongst children increased significantly between 2000 and 2005 from 19 per 100,000 population to 23.
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