Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

6/30/03

Q:
My husband has had Type 1 Diabetes since he was 11 years old. His father, only sister her son also have type 1 diabetes. There are no incidences of Diabetes in my family that we know of. We are starting to think about having children but we are worried that our child will be at a high risk of having Type 1 Diabetes as well. We know that genetics is a factor in the disease. What are the chances that our child would have Type 1? Is it possible to do any type of pre-natal screening to determine if the child is susceptible to the disease?

A:
I am not aware of any pre-natal screening for diabetes. With gene markers identified as being related to the disease, ask your pediatrician about this testing and at what age. This may give an indication of tendency. At one time, we only attributed genetic influence primarily to Type II diabetes; now, we extend that to Type I as well. There is research implicating the relationship of cow dairy products to Type I diabetes; you may want to consider avoiding dairy products before your child is one year old.



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