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Diabetes: Faces Of An Epidemic, A Mother And Daughter Share Their Genes And Loading

  • Posted on June 1, 2013 at 3:36 am

Diabetes is an increasingly common disease, and in a family can have several members with the disease. The prevention and treatment should be so familiar as well. Patricia High-Edo and her daughter Jasmine Edo, play the violin and love to sing. The two enjoy playing volleyball and watching movies and traveling together. They love shopping and their size allows them to exchange clothes.

Now share more than either wants: diabetes. For four years, Ms. High-Edo, 42, has suffered from diabetes, a metabolic disorder in which the body produces too little insulin to control blood sugar levels in the blood. During that time, Jasmine has known that there are risks of developing the same disease, reddish discoloration of the skin around his neck was a sign of it. In January, Jasmine’s doctor asked the mother to begin to check the sugar level in the blood of Jasmine.

The numbers have reached 125, a level of 126 causes a person to pass a diagnosis of pre-diabetes to diabetes. She understands what it means, has seen his father for the disease, to me and an aunt who suffered from it, says Ms. High-Edo about Jasmine. Her aunt lost both legs, another aunt also suffers from diabetes and his father and grandmothers. But Jasmine is the only one in his family to suffer from diabetes at a young age: 13 years. Patricia High-Edo is among the 13. 3 million Americans over age 20 who have been diagnosed with diabetes, more than half the number in 1980.