Fertility rates lower in type 1 diabetes

The cross-sectional study of almost 700 people with type 1 diabetes showed fertility rates in 2010 were 0.88 compared with 1.36 children per woman in the background population.

Childlessness was more common, at 36%, in women aged 41–45 with type 1 diabetes, compared with only 25% of women of that age in the general population.

They found that maternal type 2 diabetes delayed the onset of type 1 diabetes in their children by 7.25 years on average, and maternal type 1 diabetes delayed the onset of type 1 disease in their children by 5.8 years.

Diabetic Med 2012, online 23 Feb