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From New York, USA:

Our four year old daughter, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about five months ago, was conceived through in vitro fertilization and my parents heard from someone recently that type 1 diabetes is prevalent in in vitro babies. Is this true?


I don't know of any evidence that type 1A (autoimmune) diabetes is more prevalent than normal in babies that have been fertilised in vitro. Any predisposing genes would be identical unless of course there was a surrogate father, and at present there are no known environmental differences that might have an effect.


Additional comments from Dr. David Schwartz:

I am not aware that children conceived by various in-vitro or related techniques are at greater risk for type 1 diabetes.


Additional comments from Dr. John Schulga:

There is no evidence that children born from IVF are at increased risk of type 1 diabetes.


Original posting 15 Aug 2002
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention


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