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July 6, 2002

Research: Causes and Prevention

Question from Lindsay, Ontario, Canada:

Is there a relationship between a mother having hypoglycemia (worse when pregnant) and her child/children developing type 1 diabetes?

Answer:

If your own hypoglycemia had been a reflection of inadequate nutrition during pregnancy, that could have been a cause of type 2 diabetes in your child. However, I do not think that there is any such link with type 1A (autoimmune) diabetes.

DOB