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.
August 30, 2001
Genetics and Heredity
Question from Milan, Illinois, USA:
Six months ago, my then 16 month old grandson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and, last week, his eight year old sister started showing symptoms and was diagnosed, even though she had had her blood sugar levels checked several times prior to this. How can this happen to both my grandchildren in such a short time?
With one first degree relative (her brother) diagnosed with type 1A (autoimmune) diabetes, the chances of the same problem occurring in the sister would have been about 1 in 20. Since this is in part a genetic problem, she might also have been of a type that was especially at risk. It is probable that the autoimmune process had been developing in the sister for many years, and it was just happenstance that she finally became insulin dependent when she did.