|MadSci Network: Genetics|
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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