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Genetics and Heredity

My 13 year old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 2 weeks ago. We also have a 11 year old daughter who has Down’s syndrome and hypothyroidism. I am wondering if my 11 year old has a greater risk because her sister has developed diabetes?

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My husband was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes six years ago, and we want to have kids. How would this affect our children?

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My son has diabetes, I have just been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease (which my mother also has), and read in a recent question on this website that there may be a relationship between the two diseases, as both are believed to be autoimmune disorders. Can you verify this? If so, how are the two related?

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I have several questions that I am very concerned about. I have been worried for many months, and I really hope you can help me answer some of them.

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My father has diabetes (he can’t have sugar and has to control his diet and take tablets). He has had this for five years. His mother has recently been diagnosed with the same but she is 80 years old. Do I have to worry about getting diabetes myself?

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What are the chances our children will develop type 1 diabetes? Will breast feeding reduce the chances our children will develop type 1 diabetes?

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Neither my eight year old nor 11 year old sons are overweight, but there is a strong family history of diabetes on his father’s side. I was told and under the impression that when diabetes was primarily carried by the female it would be passed on to the children and so on. Should I be worried?

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My mother-in-law has suggested some theories about the heredity of diabetes, but none of my research supports either of them. However, as my partner and I are planning to start a family, we want to ascertain the risks for both my partner developing diabetes, and — based on this theory — if we had a daughter the risks of her developing diabetes.

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If a parent has a thyroid problem, does it mean his/her children are at higher risk for developing diabetes?

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I have a child diagnosed at the age of nine months. How long would you recommend I breast feed a new baby? Is there anything else I can do, such as avoiding certain foods?

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