This ever happen to you?

By Tiffanymae Latest Reply 2013-09-19 22:44:39 -0500
Started 2013-09-19 01:51:14 -0500

When I was diagnosed at the age of 11 with diabetes they said it wasn't hereditary. That I had the flu and it settled into my pancreas and killed it off… Has this happened to anyone else or is it just me? When I tell people how I got diabetes they seemed like they didnt believe me. If I have kids would they have a chance of getting diabetes cause I had it? Or not because it isn't hereditary in my family?

6 replies

GabbyPA 2013-09-19 22:44:39 -0500 Report

I had never heard of getting it from a virus or infection, but that is interesting. It is an auto immune disease and maybe that is what triggered the attack. I would like to read more about that.

kimfing 2013-09-19 22:41:10 -0500 Report

My husband was diagnosed at 11 too. No family history. They thought chicken pox virus killed his pancreas

Type1Lou 2013-09-19 17:20:44 -0500 Report

The truth is, they don't really know what actually triggers the auto-immune response which destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas leading to Type 1 diabetes. I was 27, back in 1976 when I was diagnosed. I'd been separated from my first husband for about 4 months and was working in a high-stress job when I started getting thirsty all the time, urinating frequently and went from 120 pounds down to 107 pounds in 2 weeks. Could the stress have been a factor???? Dad had developed diabetes at age 62 and always had literature around about the warning signs of diabetes so I wasn't really surprised at my diagnosis. There may be a genetic predisposition to our diabetes but my younger brother (who just turned 60,) does not have it.

KG66 2013-09-19 10:28:19 -0500 Report

I was told that you are born with diabetes but something triggers it. For instance when I started showing symptoms I was trying to lose weight and was sick often. About a year later I was in the hospital. I don't think it's hereditary but I do believe if you were to have kids there would be a slightly higher chance that they would get it. That doesn't mean they will.

haoleboy 2013-09-19 02:10:08 -0500 Report

I'd not heard of that before, but make sense. If the pancreas stops working for whatever reason diabetes is imminent.
In my totally non-medical opinion it seems impossible your off-spring would be prone to diabetes,