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Diabetes

03/21/2008

Question:

dOES dIABETIES SKIP A GENERATION IN FAMILY.

Answer:

There are different forms of diabetes and both genes and environmental factors contribute differently to the risk of diabetes in family members of a person with the disease.  That means some people with diabetes will have no family members with the disease, some may have just a few relatives that would show up as "skipping a generation" and some may have a high frequency of diabetes among relatives.  This applies to all inherited forms of diabetes.  However, Type 1 diabetes demonstrates a less strong inheritance pattern than type 2 diabetes and therefore is more likely to show up as skipping a generation.

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Response by:

Robert M Cohen, MD Robert M Cohen, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati