The risk of having type 1 Gaucher's disease or being a carrier is higher if you're of Eastern or Central European Jewish (Ashkenazi) ancestry. Types 2 and 3 can occur in any ethnic group, except for a certain form of type 3 that's more common in people of Swedish descent.

A family history of any type of Gaucher's disease increases the risk of being either a carrier of Gaucher's or of developing the disease.

Jul. 08, 2011