diabetes family history

By berrykins0 Latest Reply 2015-10-13 05:48:57 -0500
Started 2011-07-16 17:39:46 -0500

how much family history of diabetes do you have? i have to grandpa's and aunt .

51 replies

natcat 2015-10-13 05:47:01 -0500 Report

my maternal grandmother, my paternal grandmother and my paternal great-grandfather. They all had type 2 diabetes. They all died within the last 10 years or less.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-14 05:49:10 -0500 Report

Type II runs on both sides of my family, I was the lucky one I have Type I so I guess that makes me #1. LOL

mystikfairy61 2012-08-14 03:05:56 -0500 Report

On my mom's side, my great grandmother, grandmother and my mom were T2 as well as both of my brothers. My dad was T1, diagnosed at 13 in 1953 and lived to 29 in 1969. My mom and grandmother both passed at age 69.

Okiegrane 2011-07-24 10:14:51 -0500 Report

A lot on the maternal side. Grandmother, mother, aunt, cousin and her daughter. I have 3 sisters and a brother and none of them have diabetes.

Type1Lou 2011-07-20 08:30:15 -0500 Report

The only one I'm aware of was my Dad, who was diagnosed in 1953…in all probability with Type 2 but using U-40 Protomine Zinc insulin. (I don't believe they had oral meds back then.) He lived for another 20+ years with it, dying in his early 80's. My Mom came from a family of 15 children but none of my aunts and uncles and myriad cousins on that side are diabetic.

Alexx_x 2011-07-20 06:37:57 -0500 Report

I have uncles and cousins with both type 1 and 2 on both my mom and dads side of the family.

fancyfree 2011-07-19 19:20:34 -0500 Report

My mother's mother was a type one & one of my aunts was Dx as T2 when she was in her early 80's. I have warned all my kids (7 lol) to get checked for this on a regular basis. I guess my grandmother was different than others of her age. I remember watching her give herself insulin when I was quite young.

Topper4 2011-07-19 13:01:49 -0500 Report

On my husband's side - his father. On my side - possibly 1 aunt (I can't get a clear answer on this - must be some of the hush, hush stuff going on here to). So- w/ it most likely on both sides, I'm concerned for my kids who are now 20 & 24. I was just diagnosed w/ Type 2 in Oct 2010.

Gemm 2011-07-19 11:49:01 -0500 Report

As far as I know there is only 1 uncle that has type 2. My family is one that doesn't talk about these things thanks to Grandmother. She always lived by the creed that if we don't talk about it then it doesn't exist. Only in the last couple of years have any of the family really tried to get a medical history together and the older generation is really fighting it hard. I still don't understand that mindset, and I've lived with it all my life. I guess it goes back to a time when these kinds of things weren't talked about because people believed really strange things about the causes of these diseases before we knew what really caused them.

My husband's family has a lot of diabetes. I'm not sure exactly how many of the aunts, uncles and grandparents have had it but know that there have been a lot of talk about it at reunions. It seems as though it is very prevalent on both sides of his family with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins etc that have it. In the immediate family his father died of complications of diabetes because he didn't take care of himself. Also, of the 5 boys, we are sure of 3 that have it and 1 that is borderline. The other probably is at least borderline from some symptoms he has talked to my husband about but won't go get tested because he is afraid to find out if he is or not. As long as he doesn't know then he doesn't have to do anything about it. Stupidity in my opinion but he would fit real well into my family :(

HUGS to all

Kinn D.
Kinn D. 2011-07-19 12:19:56 -0500 Report

Yeah, it's the same here. No one talks about it. I have to dig to get anything out of my grandfather or uncle. My sister is even special needs( she has multiple disabilities). We never knew that there was some one like that in our family before until we were at a funeral and my grandfather nonchalantly tells us there was. Bailey even is a mirror image of that other girl. My great-grand-mother on my moms side was type two and I didn't know until several years after I was diagnosed and she had passed away. Any medical thing in my family is hushed up and never talked about in public…That was until I came around. I am very proactive about things, and I refuse to bury my diabetes like it's a sin.

donna62M 2011-07-19 04:11:14 -0500 Report

My grandfather and father both have type 2 as well as me…The people I worry about are my kids…because it is also in my husbands family as well…I am more strict with them than mysel;f.

Kinn D.
Kinn D. 2011-07-18 15:31:18 -0500 Report

My Great Grandmother on my moms side was type2 and had to take insulin shots. My Grand father on my dads side is type two and on pills and shots. My Uncle has Type 1. Other than that there are lots of people who are at risk, but are not diagnosed. I'm from the south and have a huge family on both sides.

Kinn D.
Kinn D. 2011-07-18 15:31:18 -0500 Report

My Great Grandmother on my moms side was type2 and had to take insulin shots. My Grand father on my dads side is type two and on pills and shots. My Uncle has Type 1. Other than that there are lots of people who are at risk, but are not diagnosed. I'm from the south and have a huge family on both sides.

mas734u 2011-07-18 14:52:56 -0500 Report

I had a grandmother and an aunt that had diabetes but they both had type 1, I on the other hand have type 2.

bjwarren123 2011-07-18 00:45:01 -0500 Report

All of my grandparents on both sides of the family were diabetic. On my mom's side, one uncle is diabetic. On my dad's side 6 aunts and uncles have it. I could blame it on genetics, but I'm the only diabetic so far of all of my cousins.

Anonymous 2011-07-17 23:07:59 -0500 Report

My paternal Grandmother and my Dad's oldest sister both had Diabetes Type II for many years, they both lived to be 70 yrs old. Out of 4 of my Dad's children 3 of us have Type II Diabetes. It was also thought that my Maternal Grandfather had Diabetes and died at a young age from it. Also have 2 Maternal cousins that have Type II Diabetes.

Narg 2011-07-17 23:00:37 -0500 Report

Zip, Zero, None.

To the best that my studies can find, my Type 1 diabetes is the result of genetics in a larger sense, that is not by family but by breed. And, that my mother smoked when she was pregnant with me, as well as all my youth while growing up.

I've have learned from a number of sources that there is a very large percentage number of males (and lesser, but still prodominant, females) with partial American Indian background with Type 1 occurances early in life. Add to that the perils of smoking while pregnant, and there you go. Not to hard to see why I'm a Type 1 diabetic.

I would appreciate anyone who carries this info on to anyone who smokes and is having or planning on having kids. I'm a perfect example of what can go wrong in that picture. Life is risky enough, no need to make it worse.

2011-07-17 20:13:20 -0500 Report

My maternal grandfather, and I think either one or both of his parents. And I know for sure his niece. She had the wrong leg amputated from the disease.

dfinch 2011-07-17 19:49:59 -0500 Report

My mom nor dad have Diabetes but my moms niece was diagnosed when she was 2 and her nephew later in life was diagnosed w/ t2. I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, my brother is t2 and my other brother is t1 from an auto-immune disease. Funny that all 3 of us have it. You never know who it will hit.

tabby9146 2011-07-17 19:32:21 -0500 Report

my birth father and both of his parents have it. I was told by my bio half sister in'08 just months before I was diganosed with it. I don't think there is any history on the other side of the bio family, birth mother's side.

runthe 2011-07-17 18:39:53 -0500 Report

My mom her parents and all her siblings except one one had it. I have a brother and sister who have it. The majority of the people on my mom side of the family have it. Only one aunt on my dad side of the family have it.

Darrin D
Darrin D 2011-07-17 17:59:28 -0500 Report

Neither side of my grandparents nor my parents are diabetic. I have 6 brothers and none of them are diabetic. Have checked as far as I could and found that ( As far as I can tell ), that I am the first. Good luck to you all. Thanks, Darrin Sorry. Do have an Aunt that WAS diabetic. But she was not related by blood.

jimmuel 2011-07-17 13:44:30 -0500 Report

my mother is ,both my grand mothers are an grandfathers,my moms mothers sisters an brother was they all died from diabetis,my mothers still with me,im the only one of four kids to have diabetis so far anyway. oh my moms brother has diabetisan great grand parents had it,I have a long family history of diabetis on both sides

alanbossman 2011-07-17 12:45:00 -0500 Report

My grandmothers on both sides had diabetes my uncle on my dads side had it. and my younger sister has it. So when I was DX I was not suprised at all.

Somoca 2011-07-17 08:41:26 -0500 Report

My mother comes from a family of five brothers and two sisters and ALL of them have diabetes. My father and his sister have later in life onset diabetes; so whether I am 98 lbs or 900lbs I was bound to get the family disease.

JoleneAL 2011-07-17 06:47:27 -0500 Report

As far as I know, I'm the first one. But then again, our family history is kind of spotty. There is thyroid disease in my family though and I had mine removed in 2000. Reportedly if you have one, you have a better chance of getting the other: thyroid to diabetes and vice versa

eristar 2011-07-17 06:27:29 -0500 Report

My Dad devoloped T2 at about the same age I did, but there was no one else in my family, at least that I know of. I did have gestational diabetes with my second child (who entered the world at a whopping 12 pounds…) but went back to normal for years after that.

jayabee52 2011-07-16 23:51:31 -0500 Report

I know of no members of my family of origin besides my brother who have Diabetes. My sister and 2 youngest brothers don't have it yet. My sons' mother had gestational for all 3 pregnancies, but she went back to normal after delivery. Her mother's mother had t2 for a number of years. So far none of my sons have developed t2 yet, but they're all still in their 20s. I still worry about them and try to warn them.

And I just learned that my mother had been told she was pre diabetic, but hasn't yet developed t2 yet., she's 81.

berrykins0 2011-07-19 09:01:17 -0500 Report

i'm glad that you are worried about your boys getting diabetes.thats what parents are supposed to do. that means that you care what happens to them.

re1ndeer 2011-07-16 21:19:43 -0500 Report

I have maternal and paternal grandfathers with Type 1 diabetes, paternal grandmother with type 2 diabetes, and my father who was a type 1 diabetic.

MewElla 2011-07-16 18:00:20 -0500 Report

I am the first in my family to have diabetes…For years nothing showed up in lab tests and then in one month's time (from Dec to late Jan when more labs were run there it was…Could not believe that this had happened to me. I was shocked…

RAYT721 2011-07-16 17:57:01 -0500 Report

Funny thing was that I had no known family history of diabetes on my parents or grandparents side but then shortly after being diagnosed found out that my older brother was recently diagnosed. My diagnosis totally threw me for a loop because there were no signs at all in previous blood tests and … then … diabetic! When you think about all of the risk factors that contribute to diabetes, I had none. I am not obese, no family history, and definitely not American Indian. The only thing to blame is my pancreas.