From Montgomery, Alabama, USA:
My nephew, who has an adopted mother, has been diagnosed with diabetes. My mother-in-law, who is also his primary care giver, feels that she has something to do with this condition. The child is 6 years old and his mother weighs over 300 pounds and her mother was even heavier. We don't know if she had this condition. Could this condition be something my mother-in-law did, or is it more than likely a family history matter?
The onset of Type 1 diabetes is most certainly not because someone is "at fault". There is a genetic predisposition that children may have for developing diabetes. The actual trigger for causing Type 1 diabetes has yet to be identified.
I would encourage your nephew's family to simply work hard at aggressively helping him to control his diabetes rather that being concerned about fault.
Original posting 24 Jun 2000
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:09
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