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Is type 1 diabetes genetic?
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Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
5 doctors agree
In brief: NO, but...
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition and so can strike anyone.
But some ethnicities are more prone to it and so are some families. Generally, first order family members of an affected person have a slightly higher chance. Identical twin has almost 50% chance of incidence. See below for more info.

In brief: NO, but...
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition and so can strike anyone.
But some ethnicities are more prone to it and so are some families. Generally, first order family members of an affected person have a slightly higher chance. Identical twin has almost 50% chance of incidence. See below for more info.
Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
Dr. Moinuddin Mokhashi
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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
There is a definite inheritance to type one diabetes.
We know that it runs in families.

In brief: Yes
There is a definite inheritance to type one diabetes.
We know that it runs in families.
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Dr. Natalie Hodge
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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
In most cases of type 1 diabetes, people need to inherit risk factors from both parents.
We think these factors must be more common in whites because whites have the highest rate of type 1 diabetes. Because most people who are at risk do not get diabetes, researchers want to find out what the environmental triggers are. Ada source.

In brief: Yes
In most cases of type 1 diabetes, people need to inherit risk factors from both parents.
We think these factors must be more common in whites because whites have the highest rate of type 1 diabetes. Because most people who are at risk do not get diabetes, researchers want to find out what the environmental triggers are. Ada source.
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Some gene influence
There is a slight increase in type 1 diabetes in some families.
Some populations like in finland have 2x the frequency of type 1 than the us. It is more common in caucasian that afroamerican groups. Some researchers offer testing to identify individuals with increased risk but this is not widely available.

In brief: Some gene influence
There is a slight increase in type 1 diabetes in some families.
Some populations like in finland have 2x the frequency of type 1 than the us. It is more common in caucasian that afroamerican groups. Some researchers offer testing to identify individuals with increased risk but this is not widely available.
Dr. James Ferguson
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