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From Pilot Rock, Oregon, USA:

My husband, age 35, has recently been diagnosed a Type 2 diabetic. We have three girls, 2, 5, and 9. How early can we have our children checked to see if they will have diabetes?

Answer:

There is no rule regarding the best age for screening people for type 2 diabetes (even screening for type 2 in a "normal" population is nowadays a much-debated question).

Type 2 generally afflicts people older than 40 years of age, so it's not an urgent problem in your family to screen the children. For your children, it would be important to avoid risk factors for type 2 diabetes, the most important being obesity.

MS

Original posting 4 Jul 1998
Posted to Genetics and Heredity

  
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