Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fact: Type 1 diabetes prevalence has a huge variation worldwide. Finland has the highest rate of people (and especially young children) diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
The average age at diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, the way in which diabetes is treated (are pumps common? is insulin easily available? what's the average A1c), and the male:female ratio of type 1 diabetics is also pretty variable from country to country, and even within countries by geographic area, racial and socioeconomic groupings.

I'm a little bit proud to have one of the few autoimmune diseases that is more common in men, at least in most parts of the world. I always think it must be embarrassing, or at least lonely, to have a disease that is way more common in people of the other sex. Like those poor guys with breast cancer. Or even women with Asperger's. I was actually a teeny bit self conscious about having thyroid disease when I think about the fact that autoimmune thyroid disease is about 10x as common in women. But fortunately (???) my thyroid disease doesn't seem to be autoimmune.

1 comment:

Reyna said...

That is interesting Jonah...your perspective on being glad that the men are more likely to have it AND that making you more "OK" with it. I never thought of it like that. I wonder if Joe ever will?