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If I had diabetes type 1 as a child, what are the chances my kid will have it too?

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Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
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In brief: Higher chances

If an immediate relative (parent, sibling, child) has type 1 diabetes (t1d), one's risk of developing t1d is 10 to 20 times the risk of the general population.
The risk for a child of a parent with t1d is lower if it is the mother, rather than the father, who has diabetes. If one of the parents developed t1d before age 11, their child's risk of developing t1d is somewhat higher than these figures.

In brief: Higher chances

If an immediate relative (parent, sibling, child) has type 1 diabetes (t1d), one's risk of developing t1d is 10 to 20 times the risk of the general population.
The risk for a child of a parent with t1d is lower if it is the mother, rather than the father, who has diabetes. If one of the parents developed t1d before age 11, their child's risk of developing t1d is somewhat higher than these figures.
Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Less than many think

Type 1 diabetes affects some ethnic groups more than others (white >>black) and has been loosly linked geneticly.
Some research centers test families & identify susceptability but there is no direct link. Type 1 requires that a person make antibodies to Insulin producing cells & a virus when everyone else just makes antibodies to the virus.

In brief: Less than many think

Type 1 diabetes affects some ethnic groups more than others (white >>black) and has been loosly linked geneticly.
Some research centers test families & identify susceptability but there is no direct link. Type 1 requires that a person make antibodies to Insulin producing cells & a virus when everyone else just makes antibodies to the virus.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics

In brief: 1/100

In general, if you are a man with type 1 diabetes, the odds of your child getting diabetes are 1 in 17.
If you are a woman with type 1 diabetes and your child was born before you were 25, your child's risk is 1 in 25; if your child was born after you turned 25, your child's risk is 1 in 100 (ada source).

In brief: 1/100

In general, if you are a man with type 1 diabetes, the odds of your child getting diabetes are 1 in 17.
If you are a woman with type 1 diabetes and your child was born before you were 25, your child's risk is 1 in 25; if your child was born after you turned 25, your child's risk is 1 in 100 (ada source).
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