, Volume 35, Issue 11, pp 1060–1067 | Cite as

Concordance for Type 1 (insulin-dependent) and Type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes mellitus in a population-based cohort of twins in Finland

  • J. Kaprio
  • J. Tuomilehto
  • M. Koskenvuo
  • K. Romanov
  • A. Reunanen
  • J. Eriksson
  • J. Stengård
  • Y. A. Kesäniemi


We studied the cumulative incidence, concordance rate and heritability for diabetes mellitus in a nationwide cohort of 13,888 Finnish twin pairs of the same sex. The twins were born before 1958 and both co-twins were alive in 1967. Data on diabetes were derived through computerized record linkage from death certificates, the National Hospital Discharge Register and the National Drug Register. Records were reviewed in order to assign a diagnostic category to the 738 diabetic patients identified. Of these patients 109 had Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes, 505 Type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes, 46 gestational diabetes, 24 secondary diabetes, 38 impaired glucose tolerance and 16 remained unclassified. The cumulative incidence of diabetes was 1.4 % in men and 1.3 % in women aged 28–59 years and 9.3 % and 7.0 % in men and women aged 60 years and over, respectively. The cumulative incidence did not differ between monozygotic and dizygotic twins. The concordance rate for Type 1 diabetes was higher among monozygotic (23 % probandwise and 13 % pairwise) than dizygotic twins (5 % probandwise and 3 % pairwise). The probandwise and pairwise concordance rates for Type 2 diabetes were 34% and 20% among monozygotic tiwns and 16% and 9 % in dizygotic twins, respectively. Heritability for Type 1 diabetes was greater than that for Type 2 where both genetic and environmental effects seemed to play a significant role.

Key words

Diabetes mellitus twins prevalence concordance heritability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Kaprio
    • 1
  • J. Tuomilehto
    • 2
  • M. Koskenvuo
    • 5
  • K. Romanov
    • 5
  • A. Reunanen
    • 3
  • J. Eriksson
    • 4
  • J. Stengård
    • 2
  • Y. A. Kesäniemi
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Public HealthUniversity of HelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Department of EpidemiologyNational Public Health InstituteFinland
  3. 3.Research Institute for Social SecuritySocial Insurance InstitutionFinland
  4. 4.Department of MedicineHelsinki University HospitalHelsinki
  5. 5.Department of Public HealthUniversity of TurkuTurku
  6. 6.Department of MedicineUniversity of OuluOuluFinland

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