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Re: [IPk] diabetes and siblings - any risk?


I reckon you are on to something - my paternal grandmother had rheumatoid 
arthritis, another autoimmune disease.  Noone else in my family has 
diabetes, although I think my dad is getting some arthritis in his knees 



>From: Eleanor Joslin <email @ redacted>
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>Subject: Re: [IPk] diabetes and siblings - any risk?
>Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2003 09:54:50 +0100 (BST)
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>When I was diagnosed last year - the first diabetic in my family that I
>know of - a doctor suggested that my grandmother's hypothyroidism might
>have had something to do with it.  Underactive thyroid is another
>autoimmune disorder - the theory, I believe, is that I inherited a
>vulnerability to autoimmune diseases but not the specific disease.  Then
>something, probably a virus, triggered my immune system to attack my beta
>If that's so, I guess my dad has the gene too, but he's fine.  Although my
>grandmother was fine too until she reached her 70s.
>I have no plans for kids at the moment (I'd like one but who would the
>father be?) but if I ever do, I won't let diabetes stop me.
>	Eleanor
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