Will my baby get diabetes?
If you have diabetes you may ask yourself: “Should I have a baby when there is an increased risk of the child getting diabetes?” In one study 3% of the children of mothers with diabetes went on to develop diabetes themselves by the age of 10-13 years (which is about 10 times the risk of the child of a mother without diabetes). Although it is believed that half the factors contributing to diabetes are inherited, only about one in every 10 children with newly diagnosed diabetes has a parent or sibling with diabetes. The hereditary disposition for developing Type 1 diabetes is very common, at least 40% according to certain studies. From this it follows that a person with diabetes should not automatically be discouraged from having children.
This content is based on Dr Ragnar Hanas' helpful book, Type 1 Diabetes in children, adolescents and young adults. Click here to order copies of Dr Hanas' book online.