are kids of diabetic parents at higher risk

By Heather44118 Latest Reply 2012-02-01 20:57:21 -0600
Started 2011-11-06 13:11:55 -0600

My husband and I are both diabetic. Out 14 year old son was at 139 2 hours after eating. Is this high? Im going to call his doctor in the morning. I was also wondering since both his parents are diabetic is he and his brother at higher risk. I test them once a month. thanks all :)

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margokittycat 2012-01-30 19:45:38 -0600 Report

Most doninate genes come from the males side. I am type one and my sone only has a 25% of ever getting the diabetes. No one that we know of on my ex side had or has diabetes, and no one other than my grea grandmother on my side ever had it, I got it and everyone was like where did that come from. The risk are different for every situation and some of the things in the article are not correct.

GabbyPA 2012-02-01 20:57:21 -0600 Report

I think sometimes because the onset is so much later in some of us, that when we get it AFTER the kids, it's kind of weird. We miss that link often. I found out that my uncle has it, but he didn't get it until a couple of years ago. About a year after I got it. I was 47 and he is in his 70's. So we don't always have a history of it because it is striking our kids earlier.

annesmith 2012-01-24 02:54:49 -0600 Report

Both my parents are diabetic—my dad died 3 years ago. Practically every doctor I have ever seen said it means over a 50% chance if both parents are diabetic. My dad was brittle, and I am brittle. My mom's is always high…mine is severely high to very very low ( my range daily without any medications and with exercise and moderate diet is 86-600). What happened in my case is I did not pick up exactly 50% of each of my parent's genes..what I mean by that is that all the blood work they ran on me shows without a doubt I take after my father about 90%. I have early heart disease and my dad did, too. My mom and my sister have very little heart problems…my opinion is that if your son was 139 2 hours after eating a small meal, then he's type 2 diabetic…maybe early stage…I COULD be wrong…but, to me, 139 2 hours after eating a small meal is too elevated to be pre-diabetes…it sounds like type 2…ANNE

Gemm 2012-01-23 10:36:36 -0600 Report

That was a very interesting article but there was one factor that I am interested in that wasn't cited. What is the risk for a child when the mother was Type 1 and the father Type 2? My step-son is one that falls into that category. From what I know, his mother was about 9 - 10 when she was diagnosed with T1 and I know his father was diagnosed at 48 and my husband's father died of complications of his T2 because he did not take care of it. My husband had 4 brothers, 2 of which we know have diabetes and 1 of them we think has it but he won't get tested and seems to think that as long as he doesn't know he doesn't have to worry about it :(. We lost his oldest brother 2 weeks ago to a heart attack. In the last several years he has had several heart attacks and strokes that his doctors said were at least partially due to his diabetes. He was 70.

We do know that regardless of any statistics, my step-son has a lot higher risk of becoming diabetic than someone who has no parental diabetes. We try to help him keep track of his test readings but being 22 he does forget a lot, especially when he is in a flare-up of his ulcerative colitis. He was diagnosed with that at 16 and from what we've learned since then from our research he has had it quite a lot longer, we just didn't know the symptoms to look for until he finally told us about bleeding problems when he had bowel movements. He does the best he can with frequent flares to eat as healthily as he can but there are many things that he really needs to eat more of that cause more flares and worse symptoms when his UC does flare up.

sweetpea646 2012-01-23 10:06:09 -0600 Report

My Grandmpther is a diabetic and it skipped my mother to me. My grandma past away when I was 7years old. They might get it or might not.

MoeGig 2011-11-08 21:41:46 -0600 Report

As I recall, the children of parents who are carriers (of the disease, which it sounds like you are) have a 50% probability of contracting the disease. This is simple genetics…"other things being equal" as they say. I always thought anything over 120 was not good…make sure they are slender and follow a low carb diet…and test regularly would be my advice…and hope for the best…Good Luck.

why me Lord
why me Lord 2011-11-08 07:42:40 -0600 Report

139 2 hours after eating is not bad… My Dr. tells me anything under 150 is good…
He would have a higher chance of developing it with parents having it.. Me & my husband also have diabeties… It runs in his family, but I'm the 1st on my side of the family 2 have it…

Type1Lou 2011-11-06 15:23:55 -0600 Report

Mays started a discussion in July, 2010 titled "Diabetes and Genetics: What Leads to Diabetes? He had the following ADA article cited for us to look at…it is very informative and talks about the risks for diabetes. My Dad developed diabetes in his early 60's and I was diagnosed at age 27. As far as I know, we are the only two in the family to have it.

pixsidust 2011-11-06 15:16:23 -0600 Report

I believe they are at higher risk. I have a friend whose parents are diabetic. He watches his diet as if he already was diabetic. He is fine. If he has one carb like rice in a meal, he skips bread etc…The diabetic way of eating is really healthy. Why not everyone eat that way. I do not think 139 is so bad. What was he eating should be taken in consideration.

Heather44118 2011-11-06 15:49:08 -0600 Report

he had 2 eggs and a pice of whole wheat toast

GabbyPA 2011-11-07 18:49:38 -0600 Report

That is kind of high for after that kind of a meal. Did he drink anything? Was there jelly on the toast? Were his hands clean?

Since diabetes rests in our genes, there could be a strong chance that he is at risk. So that fact that you are watching is great.

A 140 is a max for a non-diabetic. So he is nearing that threshold. What are his fasting numbers. Those can tell you a lot as well. But as a young growing teen, those things can be different than an adult, so you might want to check out the juvenile diabetes association to see if there is something to worry about.

GabbyPA 2011-11-08 14:35:50 -0600 Report

Ok, then I would keep an eye on things. He could be approaching a place where things need to change. Though I imagine he is fairly on board with you guys...but teens are teens and they need to eat to grow. That is the factor I am not certain about in that concern.

I just say because both of my parents were/are diabetic and my younger brother was hit many years before I was. So everyone in my family has it. Crummy, but true.

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