is your diabetes a family affair

By highlandcitygirl Latest Reply 2008-11-29 13:23:09 -0600
Started 2008-11-22 21:00:26 -0600

i was wondering, how many of you out there have kinfolk with diabetes. also what do you remember about their struggles with it?

20 replies

ancoto 2008-11-29 13:23:09 -0600 Report

I am diabetic since 1999. My mother's father was also. My biological father's father is also diabetic and from what I have heard both his legs were removed due to complications.

looloo1122 2008-11-29 12:28:07 -0600 Report

My Mother was diagnosed (type 2) about 12 years ago after 2 heart attacks and a triple bypass. I am 42, my Sister is 44 and we both were diagnosed this year.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-23 13:53:58 -0600 Report

My mother has 13 brothers and eight are diabetic. Three are type 1 and 5 were type 2. My grandmother was too. On my dads side he has 5 brothers and a sister. Two of his brothers were type 2. Now out of all their children there were 5 of us type 1 childhood diabetics. Yes I would say it runs in the family…Debe

anitamusser 2008-11-23 11:57:16 -0600 Report

I am the only Type 1 in my family. My grandfather on my mom's side was a type 2. He had a leg removed. My grandmother on my dad's side was a type 2.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-11-23 11:45:01 -0600 Report

My parents were diagnosed with Type 2 as older adults. I'm the eldest of 4 and we all have it. I controlled mine with diet and exercise for many years, but was later placed on medication - now using a Lantus pen also. My siblings have had a more difficult time with it and have numerous health issues that I do not have. They all have had bypass surgery in their late 40's and early 50's. Other than the Type 2, I'm in great health, thank the Lord. Never a problem with blood pressure, cholesterol, etc., but I have lived a healthier lifestyle than the 3 of them too. So far only 1 of my children has been diagnosed with it - my oldest daughter.

2008-11-23 11:35:04 -0600 Report

I am the only one in my family that has Diabetes. I have had blood sugar issues all my life. My Mom said they tested me for Type 1 when I was 6 and 7 years old but I wasn't. I had low blood sugar most of my life but my new doctor (this month he's new) said that he doesn't think I have hypoglycemia, he thinks it's a hereditary condition where the body is hypersensitive to adrenalin which causes the low blood sugar. My 20 year old son has the same symptoms. Treatment is the same as hypoglycemia, small frequent meals with good ratios of carb, fat, and protein. We are both doing much better since he suggested different diet ideas a few weeks ago. Don't know who we inherited this from as noone else ever mentions that they feel this way. Who knows it could be generations back and just showed up again with me. I've been battling this since I was 6 years old (45 years) and I finally have a doctor that knows what it is. Whew! It's been a long long ride… :)

GabbyPA 2008-11-23 07:48:56 -0600 Report

My younger brother was the first to be diagnosed with it when he was in his late 20's, and then my dad in his 60's. My mom was next and diagnosed in her late 60's, and last but not at 46. We all had type 2 and while both my brother and my dad are no longer with us, it was only my dad that suffered directly from the diease. He had neuropothay and retinopothy in at least one eye. He died of pancriatic cancer that the doctor said was a flu...idiot!

Anyway, my mom suffers from neuropothay and edemia on and off, but that is about it. For me, so far, it is just neuropothay in my feet. I hope to keep it limited to that.

Bluebutterfly 2008-11-23 06:09:00 -0600 Report

My Mom and Dad ,I am the only one of five children so far that has diabetes type II. My husband and my son are diabetics.

dj7110 2008-11-22 21:18:41 -0600 Report

my whole family line has(d) it.. Dad, Mom, Brother, Sister.. My kids still so far are O.K. (knocking on wood)

dj7110 2008-11-23 13:43:29 -0600 Report

my brother, Dad, and myself insulin dependent.. Dad died from it in hopes of finding a cure. refused insulin after last stroke and lasted aprox 1 month. threw out his battle with the diadetis he went threw 2 heart attacks, 3 strokes, was left totally blind, as well as the problems with his feet & legs.

highlandcitygirl 2008-11-23 13:48:02 -0600 Report

what an awful thing for a person to go through. life is messy sometimes,i try to hold on to my sense of humour, but sometimes have to rope and hogtie it!

Goddess 2008-11-22 21:12:36 -0600 Report

Both sets of grand parents had it. 1 aunt, 6 uncles, I don't know how many cousins. Illness was never really talked about in my family.

vgarrison 2008-11-22 21:09:11 -0600 Report


Almost all the males on my mothers side had or has type 2 diabetes. I am the first in the family to be classified a type 1.

From what I know, or can remember, thank goodness there hasn't been any big complications. I am worried though that this wonderful disease (yes people that was sarcasm) will affect my daughter. Either by me having complications, or by her being diabetic herself in the future.

Blessed Be

highlandcitygirl 2008-11-23 19:28:13 -0600 Report

love your sense of humour!

vgarrison 2008-11-23 22:13:55 -0600 Report

Thank you, sometimes it can be a blessing and sometimes it can be my downfall…I have gotten to the point of carrying a bottle of ketchup in purse…helps with the taste, when I put my foot in my mouth…heheheh


GabbyPA 2008-11-24 08:56:05 -0600 Report

LMAO! that is great. I think I shall have to do that too, as I am always having a piece of toe pie....