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Genetics and Heredity

I am 16 years old and I want more information on Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. I have Type 1 and my daddy has Type 2.

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A month ago, my 14 year old son, who has type 1 diabetes for four years, had a seizure which could not conclusively be attributed to hypoglycemia, and my 10 year old son (who does not have diabetes) also recently had an unexplained seizure. Could there be a link?

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My 11 year old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 about a month and a half ago, her first cousin (my sister’s son) has cystic fibrosis, and the CF doctor suggested that I have my daughter tested for the CF gene. At diagnosis, she presented with all the typical signs (frequent urination, thirst, and weight loss). I have not been tested so I don’t know if I’m a carrier. The doctor said that there may be some link between a CF gene carrier and type 1 diabetes. Do you know of any information about this?

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I am 27, my husband is 37 and has type 2 diabetes, diagnosed when he was 30. We have not yet tried to conceive, but plan to try within the next year. What are odds of having children with diabetes? Does diabetes cause any problems with conceiving?

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My three-and-one-half year old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes one year ago. I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis. Would my having PCOS and/or psoriasis make him more prone to carry the genetic make up for type 1?

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My doctor has told me that type 1 is not inherited and that you only get type 1 from a viral infection. Can you give me a clear answer to why so many of my close relatives have the same diagnosis?

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Since we have no family history on either side of diabetes, the doctors assumed that my son developed type 1 diabetes because of a viral infection at some point. However, yesterday, my sister’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Is this genetic or is this one of those flukes of nature?

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I have 14 year old friends who are identical twins. One twin has had type 1 diabetes for many years, but the other does not have diabetes. If diabetes is a genetic disorder, and identical twins have identical genetic information, why does one twin have diabetes and not the other?

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Is there a genetic link between diabetes and Native Americans? My dad, who has type 2, has problems with his feet, stomach and heart. What does he need to do?

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Can you tell me if having type 1 diabetes will predispose a person to having any of the “antibodies” or “genetic markers” that are found in a person with confirmed celiac disease? During his 15 years with diabetes, my son has had A1cs in the low 6s to 7.6. His current doctor called this “overall inadequate control.” Do you agree?

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