I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was 10 years old. No one in my family had ever been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and my parents could not have foreseen that their little girl would end up comatose in an emergency room with blood glucose levels 10 times the normal level.  But what if there had been a way for my parents to know I was at risk for Type 1 diabetes? Would they have been overcome with worry? Would they have parented differently?

Twenty years after my diabetes diagnosis I gave birth to the first of my two children.  Curiosity about my kids’ futures with potential autoimmune diseases came along with the packages of diapers, but we agreed early on that we were not going to succumb to fear or worry. My husband and I have always felt that we’d be well-equipped to face diabetes if it came our way. Many parents I know with diabetes themselves, or who have one child with diabetes, occasionally check the blood sugar level of a particularly thirsty non-diabetic toddler or a seems-sleepier-than-usual non-diabetic sibling.  But there is no palm reading for as-of-yet unpricked fingers. I can’t sit around worrying for what may or may not happen. I am sure I will see the symptoms if they appear. I’m sure I’m equipped to handle a diagnosis. Why put myself or my kid through unnecessary worry, stress, or pain?

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  • Keywords: Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease, trial net,
  • Description: Many parents I know with diabetes ask themselves, Should I Screen My Child for Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease? Should I put myself or my kid through unnecessary worry, stress, or pain?