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How many of you type 1's on this list is of skandinavian ancestry? In
>particular Sweden and Finland. I read some Diabetes fact and the incidence
>of type 1 per population is much higher in the scandinanvian countries. Just
>wondered if it meant you werre more likely to develop type 1 if you were
>from there. My parents are Swedish and I'm a type 1.
I have heard this about Scandinavians also but never knew whether or not
it was true. Just like I have heard that Hispanics are more prone to
type 2. Just for the record, my family is primarily Scandinavian, no
hispanic, and we have several type 2's. Shane's family is primarily not
Scandinavian, no hispanic, and they have several type 1's...
I too read that study. Of you look at type I diabetics we have a specific
hapolotype DRQ, DR3 and other similar combination these are blood cell
antigens which are the weak link in the immunity chain and one of the
reasons for hasimoto's dz as well as T1 IDDM. I think that this haplotype
may be more prevalent in Finland and Sweden. I'm a black russian but my
parents link to Poland and the origins of my family date to the inquisition
and Spain. So, I supose I'm really quite Hispanic. My type 1 cousin comes
from similar stock except she has lots of Polish blood. My dad and her dad
had type 2. Her mom had type 2 my mom had no diabetes in her family they
were from the Bialystock region of White Russia which prior to Annexation
was part of Poland. Traveling East thru Poland you used to change trains at
Brest-Litovsk at the Russian frontier Which is part of another long but
funny story. Analyzing your haplotype is costly but if you are a bone
marrow donor, its part of the workup.
A Bender, M. D.
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