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Re: [IP] RE: Genetics of Diabetes Info.
I got the following out of a book titled 'Natural Medicine for Diabetes' by
Deborah R. Mitchell:
Type I diabetes tends to run in families, although the association is not
strong, as about 89 percent of people who develop Type I diabetes do not have
an immediate family member with the disease. Risk factor for family members
have been determined (see Table 1-2).
If your ( ) has Diabetes, Your risk factor is:
Twin: 1 in 3
Sibling: 1 in 14
One of your Parents: 1 in 25
Your Mother: 1 in 40-50
Your Father: 1 in 20
No Relatives: 1 in 500
The general consensus among physicians is that people do not directly inherit
Type I diabetes but rather a susceptibility to (develop) it. Researchers are
looking for ways to detect diabetes before it becomes apparent, but as of yet
have not found a marker or indicator that is accurate and practical to use
for testing purposes."
As far as Type II's, it says that a tendency towards insulin resistance is
what is inherited. "But not all Type II's have insulin resistance: some
produce too little insulin because they have too few beta cells. In less
that 1 percent of people with Type II diabetes, a weak, ineffective form of
insulin is produced. Regardless of the reason, the end result is the same:
the cells do not get enough glucose."
Hope this helps!
Roxanne Villanueva RD, LD
IDDM X 18 years, Pumping since 1/4/1995.
Remember...Diabetics are naturally sweet!
e-mail: email @ redacted
In a message dated 2/21/2001 08:32:11 PM Eastern Standard Time, email @ redacted
> >I was wondering about the genetics of IDDM. Does
> >anyone know what the genetic factor would be if
> >diabetics would marry? Would that increase the risk
> >for having a diabetic offspring? What about a single
> >diabetic parent? Are there other genetic factors
> >involved in a 2 diabetic-parent family such as
> >increased risk for other inherited diseases due to the
> >fact that parental genotypes have these similarities??
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