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<<<I have type 1 diabetes and I have a two year old child and want at least 
one more child, but it seems quite a few moms and dads with diabetes also 
have children with diabetes? I was told it
wasn't very likely to pass it on to our kids, but what are the chances, and 
does anyone else worry about it, or is it just me? I am trying not to be 
paranoid, but I don't want my kids to deal with this if they don't have 

I've been told that a male has a 1 in 17 chance (~6%) to pass Type 1 
diabetes on to his offspring and a woman has a 1 in 25 chance (~4%) to pass 
it on if she has the baby before she is 25 years old and a 1 in 100 chance 
(~1%) to pass it on if she is over 25 years old.  Circumstancial evidence 
that I've seen does seem like males have a higher risk of passing it on.

However, like any disease that has some sort of genetic link, if you have 
the disease, your children will be at higher risk because you know that you 
carry those genes.  It's just that diabetes isn't fully understood and it 
seems that it takes both a genetic predisposition and possibly an outside 
(environmental, etc) factor to trigger it, so it's hard to say.  I do know 
that because I have diabetes and my boyfriend's family has lots of diabetes 
in it, we probably have a higher than average chance of having a diabetic 
child, even among other diabetics.  I haven't decided yet if this will stop 
me from having children.  I suspect it won't, but I'm not ready to have 
children yet in life so it will be a few more years before I need to make 
that decision.

Sarah, dx'92, pumping'00
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