Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Greensboro, North Carolina, USA:

Is there a relationship between myasthenia gravis and type 1 diabetes? My husband's family has had both. Should we be concerned about those with type 1 developing myasthenia gravis? My 19 month old son, my husband, and his great uncle all have type 1 and my husband's father was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis when he was about 50.


Both myasthenia gravis and type 1 diabetes are autoimmune disorders. It is extremely rare for very young children to have myasthenia, however, but there would be more commonality re: family history for these types of disorders. It is the same for thyroiditis, celiac disease, adrenal insufficiency and several other conditions like lupus, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. Thyroid and celiac are sufficiently common in youngsters with type 1 diabetes. Most of us routinely screen with current blood antibody tests but there is controversy over how often to screen, whether or not to screen etc.


Original posting 7 Mar 2004
Posted to Other Illnesses and Genetics and Heredity


  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:56
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.