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How did my child get type 1 diabetes? We have no family history.

Research has shown that at most, only 15 percent of people with type 1 diabetes have an affected first-degree relative – a sibling, parent, or offspring. Research suggests that genes account for less than half the risk of developing type 1 diabetes. These findings suggest that there may be environmental factors that influence the development of type 1 diabetes.

In general, there is a misconception that type 1 diabetes is a familial disease and primarily occurs in families where there is someone with diabetes. In reality, only about ten percent of individuals who are diagnosed with T1D have a family history of diabetes.

Source: http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=103442 »


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