Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Manila, the Philippines:

During my wife's pregnancies, she was diabetic and both our children were over 8 pounds when born. What is the likelihood that our two children (ages 4 and 1) will become diabetic? Is it advisable for our children to be screened for diabetes this early? Is there a chance for them to become type 1 diabetics?


I do not believe there is any increased incidence of Type 1 diabetes in children of mothers with gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease and results in insulin deficiency. Gestational diabetes is insulin resistance without an autoimmune component. Children of women with gestational diabetes would be more at risk for Type 2 diabetes later in life. There is a sister study to the DPT-1 called the Diabetes Prevention Program for relatives of Type 2 diabetics. The number in the USA for more information is 888-377-5646.


Original posting 10 Apr 1999
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention and Gestational Diabetes


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: (none)
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.