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How many people in your immediate family have Type 1 diabetes?


Immediate family includes mother, father, and children only.

  82%   (785)  
  12%   (117)  
  1%   (17)  
  1%   (7)  
      More than four  
  2%   (20)  

How many people in your immediate family have Type 1 diabetes?

Poll dates: October 10 - 17, 1999
Total Votes: 946

In spite of it's strong genetic component, most people with Type 1 diabetes are the only one's in their family with the disease. In our poll, 82% of respondents report that only one person in their immediate family has Type 1 diabetes. This helps explain the shock parents feel when their children are diagnosed, since there is usually little hint of risk.

Scientists are learning more and more about the causes of Type 1 diabetes. During the World of Hope conference at the Diabetes Research Institute in Miami, we learned that one of the two known genes for insulin appears to confer greater risk for Type 1 diabetes, perhaps because it results in less insulin release in the thymus, a gland which "trains" immune cells. Less insulin in the thymus may mean that cells that react to insulin are not weeded out as the should be.

See The Risk of Developing Type 1 Diabetes for more information.

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Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 16:36:24
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