There is a link between having Type I Diabetes (the autoimmune type - typical of children and adolescents) and a three fold higher risk of developing MS. This does not apply to the more common Type II Diabetes which is characterized by insulin resistance.
Therre is also about a 44% higher risk for close relatives of a person with MS to develop Diabetes Type I.
This higher risk between the two is clearly due to a genetic predisposition.
The info to take away from this is that if you have Type I (only) Diabetes you have about a 1 in 250+ chance of developing MS rather than the national average of 1 in 800.
This is historically kind of interesting, because before a few years ago, it was thought that Type I Diabetes and MS were mutually exclusive because of their associated tissue typing.
I haven't seen data that show that MSers are more likely to develop Type I Diabetes, but then Type I Diabetes is typically developed in childhood, adolescence or very young adulthood, so that statistically the diabetes would be the first thing to show up in a person.
thank you for your reply, very interesting, I am type 1 diabetic of 35 years since a child, I am now undergoing MRI scans to try and see if I have any further problems, I have a brigt white spot show up but have not had the spinal cord part of the scan done yet, I hope to have this done soon to see if it shows any signs
I have had diabetes since I was 13 yrs. old, and was recently diagnosed with MS at 37. They think I had it 8 yrs. ago, but put the problems I was having in a different category until I recently had a flare up and now they say I have MS. What a bummer! I didn't know anything about MS until recently, and now I have two horrible diseases! I wonder what's next!!
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