From Los Angeles, California, USA:
My husband has had type 1 diabetes for 10 years. and our biggest fear is that our 10 month old son would get it too. Recently he had a low white count on a routine blood test. Is there any connection between low white cell count and diabetes? Is this an indication that he will get it?
Since his father has typeá1 diabetes, your small son has only a little over a 5% chance of developing it before he is 20 years old. A low white blood cell count is not an indicator of this form of diabetes although in older people with established diabetes (like your husband), there have been reports of a relative diminution of the lymphocyte group of WBCs.
Original posting 24 Oct 2001
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