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Re: [IPk] Genetics



Hi Liam


Most people who get type 1 diabetes do not have another family member with the
condition.  However, in some families there can  be what is said to be a
predisposition to developing diabetes.  Confusing isn't it!

Only 13 % of children or adolescents who have diabetes have a parent or
sibling with type 1 D.  The risk for a child contacting diabetes from a parent
is 2% if the mother has D and 6% if the father has D.  I have identical twins
and so far, fingers crossed only one had diabetes.  However they both have
Coeliac condition.

I would say to anyone who has diabetes not to let this stand in the way of
having children.  Sasha thinks it's not so bad a life;-)


Jackie


----- Original Message -----
From: "Liam Bateman" <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: 21 May 2002 13:21
Subject: [IPk] Genetics


> Hi,
>
> My family has absolutely no history of type 1 or 2 diabetes. Yet, when I was
16 I developed type 1.
>
> I remember reading years ago that, children with diabetic parents have a
1/25 chance of developing it.?
>
> So do I have a genetic mutation that means my children will probably get it,
or am I a "one off" that will not filter down the gene pool?
>
> As my immune system did not like me producing insulin myself, will the
antibodies that killed off parts of my pancreas be given to my children?
>
> Has anyone had second thoughts about having children incase they too develop
the condition?
>
> thx,liam
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