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Genetics and Heredity

You frequently cite the statistic that there is a 5% chance that a woman with diabetes will have a child with diabetes. How realistic is that figure?

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My friend is worried about developing diabetes. What is the connection between diabetes/fatness/cardiac infarction? Are the causes of diabetes more genetic or environmental? Can you explain about the different types of diabetes?

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My son has what is now referred to as idiopathic glucose intolerance. Will it get worse with time? Does a parent with pernicious anemia make a child more likely to have a certain type of diabetes?

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My grandson was just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Should his identical twin also get tested for diabetes?

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I have type 1 and my boyfriend’s dad has type 2. What are the chances that our children might get either kind of diabetes? Are there any tests that we can take that might indicate the percentage of inheritance?

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What are the odds of having three kids in the same family with type 1? Are there known environmental triggers (causes)?

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I am considering adopting a child whose father (early 20’s) has type 1 diabetes. What is the likelihood that the child will develop diabetes? Are there any tests that can be performed on an unborn child to determine if the child has diabetes?

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My five year old son has been urinating frequently. His paternal grandfather had diabetes for 24 years. We took him to his pediatrician who ordered blood sugar tests. Can diabetes be hereditary? What else can I do?

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I had gestational diabetes and was on insulin, but then it didn’t show until 28 weeks, but this time I am diagnosed at 18 weeks! Why is gestational diabetes starting so early with this pregnancy?

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What is the probability of a IDDM male, diagnosed at the age of ten, having diabetic children in his middle to late twenties?

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