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Question:

From Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela:

My wife got Type 1 diabetes when she was pregnant with our first baby (he is 4 years old now) and she was 31 years old. Since that time till now she has to administer herself insulin. Right now there is no problem because she is well-controlled with an expert physician.

Why did she get diabetes if she doesn't have any diabetes familial inheritance? What are the probabilities for the kids (we have two now) to develop diabetes?

Answer:

The fact that your wife developed diabetes is probably not related to the pregnancy. One can become diabetic without a family history. The cause of diabetes is complex and can be due to many factors. Therefore, it is hard to predict if your children will develop diabetes.

OWJ

Original posting 5 Aug 1998
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention and Gestational Diabetes

  
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