Type 1 diabetes in childhood may increase the risk of subsequent atopic dermatitis (AD), according to Dr. C.H. Lin of Children’s Hospital at China Medical University Hospital in Taichung, Taiwan.

In a population-based, retrospective cohort study of 3,386 patients with type 1 diabetes and 12,725 matched controls, the overall AD incidence rate was 1.4 times higher in the diabetes group at follow-up than in the control group (3.31 vs. 2.35 per 1000 person-years, respectively).

After adjustment for potential risk factors, the AD risk was still significantly higher in patients with diabetes (adjusted hazard ratio = 1.76), reported Dr. Lin and coauthors.

Read the article here in the British Journal of Dermatology.