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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 9-11

Type 1 diabetes: The Bangladesh perspective

Project Director, Perinatal Care Project and Prof. of Paediatrics Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders, Shahbagh, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh

Correspondence Address:
Kishwar Azad
Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders, 122, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Shahbagh, Dhaka 1000
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2230-8210.155344

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Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common endocrine disorder among children and adolescents in Bangladesh. The latest International Diabetes Federation atlas estimated the incidence of type 1 DM (T1DM) in Bangladesh as 4.2 new cases of T1DM/100,000 children (0-14 years)/year, in 2013. Diabetes, being a lifelong disease, places a huge burden on the economy of the most densely populated, and resource-poor country of the world. The Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (BADAS), the largest of its kind in the world, provides comprehensive care to the biggest number of diabetics at any one centre and is engaged in advocacy. Although sounding grandiose, it's aims that 'no diabetic shall die untreated, unfed or unemployed, even if poor' is pursued with a passion. Recently BADAS has been supported in its endeavor for children and adolescents by two programmes; viz the Changing Diabetes in Children program (a joint initiative of BADAS, the World Diabetes Foundation and Novo Nordisk), and the Life for a Child Programme (LFAC) supported by the IDF. Numerous studies from the prosperous countries have demonstrated the incidence of T1DM is increasing. Data from the CDiC clinic at BIRDEM shows a rising trend in patients presenting with classical T1DM. In addition, the pattern of DM is changing.

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