Diabetes and Peanut Allergy???


In many of the posts that I have read, I have noticed that there are a lot of gestational diabetic mothers. I have also noticed some individuals that have both a PA child and a juvenile diabetic child. I was an insulin dependent gestational diabetic mother. My child was diagnosed as PA at 21 months old. My mother is a diabetic. Could the link be to diabetes or a genetic predisposition to diabetes and allergies instead of the fact that the mother ate peanuts while pregnant and nursing? How many PA children have diabetic siblings, mothers, or other close relatives?

On Feb 13, 2001

I did not have gestational diabetes with any of my children, though I was tested for it, because my 3rd child (non-PA, so far) weighed 10lbs. 3 1/2 oz.

My husband's grandmother has Diabetes II, not insulin-dependent. My mother has borderline Diabetes II, which is age, weight and diet-related.

No one either side of our family has insulin-dependent Diabetes.

On Feb 13, 2001

I failed both gestational diabetes tests in the ob's office. When I had to go to the hospital for the "4-hour take blood 5 times" test, I passed. So I didn't actually have gestational diabetes. Both of my grandmas had diabetes--one insulin dependent and the other was controlled by diet. I think I remember hearing recently that an uncle was just diagnosed with diabetes. His is diet controlled, also.

On Feb 13, 2001

I didn't/don't have diabetes. My MIL has borderline - no insulin. My daughter is not PA, my son is.

On Feb 14, 2001

Sorry, I actually just started a post on this also. I have been thinking about this for several days. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder. Other autoimmunes are MS, rhematiod arthritis, etc. Allergies are from an overactive immune system.

I was gestational diabetic (mild) for my PA child and not for my non PA child.

There is no family history of PA in either family. There is some type 1 diabetes on both sides of the family, but somewhat distant on my side of family, nearer (first cousin) on dad's. Don't seem to have any of the other autoimmune disorders in the family history.

On Feb 14, 2001

I failed the screening for diabetes for my 3 pregnancies but passed the 3 hour test. My son with PA was my largest child at 9 lbs. 4 oz.

[This message has been edited by PattyR (edited February 15, 2001).]