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Question:

From New Jersey, USA:

My son was born with transient diabetes. He was on insulin for the first two months of his life. After that his pancreas started to produce enough insulin on its own. How common is this and what causes it to happen? He is now 3 years old and perfectly healthy.

Answer:

The onset of diabetes in the first month of life is very rare, about 1/500,000 births. In some cases there is a chromosomal abnormality; but for the most part, in those that recover, the cause is unknown.

DO'B

Original posting 23 May 1998
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms

  
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