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From Manhattan, Kansas, USA:

I have recently begun to have a number of symptoms, such as poor circulation, fatigue, and numbness. The test results are consistent with an autoimmune disorder (high ANA, high MCV), although a discrete diagnosis, other than Raynauds, has yet to be made. My father was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an adult, at age 40. I am wondering whether I might have a genetic predisposition to an autoimmune disorder. Do I need to be vigilant about further testing to identify the causes of these aberrant test results?


It is true that both type 1 diabetes and disorders like lupus are autoimmune diseases. However, I do not think there is a strong link. It is easy to monitor a fasting blood sugar intermittently with routine labs to make sure this is normal. I would not necessarily do anything more than that, unless you were symptomatic with frequent urination, frequent thirst, blurring of vision, and weight loss.


Original posting 27 Feb 2004
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms


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