Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
May 20, 2004
Genetics and Heredity
Question from Jessup, Maryland, USA:
My 12 year old daughter was diagnosed in September 2003 with type 1 diabetes. I immediately asked the doctor if there was a chance that one of my younger boys would end up with it also. They are ages ten and four. The doctors that I have all asked said that the chances were low since no one else in the family has it. However, the more I read, the more I find that siblings are diagnosed not too long after the initial child. Is this common? Should I be checking my younger boys? For example, once a month should I make them use the ketostix to try and help my feelings with this issue?
Siblings of children with Type 1 do indeed have an increased risk of developing diabetes. About five of 100 siblings of children with diabetes will develop diabetes. I would not suggest routinely testing them, but rather, I would suggest monitoring them on a long term basis for the Symptoms of Diabetes. I would not suggest using ketostix as a screening tool.