MadSci Network: Genetics

Re: Are people born with diabetes, if so, how would they be regulated?

Date: Mon May 10 12:08:39 1999
Posted By: kathi clement, faculty md, family practice, Univ. of Wyoming
Area of science: Genetics
ID: 924642537.Ge

Danny, good question.  Diabetics may be born with the "tendency" to the 
actual disease, but I have never seen nor heard of a newborn diabetic.  
Usually, the "juvenile form" may express itself later.  The youngest 
diabetic I'm seen in my family practice is 4years.  How do we treat these 
children-with insulin injections.  They and their parents have to learn 
alot about signs and symptoms of sugar metablism and insulin, as well as 
learn about injections.  There is lots of work now with researching 
diabetes, and family history of one or both parents with diabetes.  
Hopefully, we will have more information about the genetics of "juvenile 
type" or Type 1 diabetes in the near future.

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