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Re: [IPk] Re: We're new to all this...
As I read your great 'Welcome!' post, I was struck by the lines I have
excerpted below this message. Just how 'hereditary' diabetes is is a big
issue. Genetics can be really, really weird and rarely turns out to be as
simple as something (twins, asthma, diabetes, or anything) skipping a
Type 2 does appear to run in families, but so can the lifestyle-based risk
factors for it (diet, exercise habits, etc., are often influenced by one's
upbringing). Whether the genetics of type 2 can overrule a person's best
efforts to avoid it, or if eating well and exercising can prevent the
genetic predisposition from becoming a reality, are two questions currently
being considered in studies.
The genetics of type 1 are still pretty mysterious. Type 1, as an autoimmune
disorder, seems to come on when a person with some genetic predisposition to
it encounters an environmental or viral 'trigger' factor. Fewer than 10% of
people with type 1 have a near relative who also has it. Your family's
incidence of diabetes is exceptional and atypical more than it 'proves
[diabetes] is usually hereditary'.
best to you and Danielle,
IDDM 8+ years; MiniMed pumper 6 years
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Subject: [IPk] Re: We're new to all this...
Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2002 14:00:36 EDT
Our nana was diabetic too so it runs in the family which proves it is
usually hereditary. They used to say that it missed a generation because my
nana had it and her children didn't and then her childrens' children got it.
I don't think it misses a generation because I have it and my daughter has
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