Is Diabetes in your Genetics?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2015-04-02 12:13:53 -0500
Started 2015-04-01 09:40:50 -0500

I have two beautiful little boys that are very healthy and strong and I would hate to have anything happen to them so I and have been contemplating lately and have been doing some research on the odds of my children or grandchildren having diabetes if I have type 1 diabetes. I am just curious to see how many of you on here have children or grandchildren that also have diabetes? Please specify which type of diabetes it is. Thanks!

6 replies

MrsCDogg 2015-04-02 12:13:53 -0500 Report

I don't have any children, but I come from a family full of type 2 diabetes. My mother, two of her sisters and one of her brothers are diabetic. I was diagnosed at the age of 39 in 2000 and now two of my cousins from my mom's baby sister are also diabetic as well as the son of one of those cousins. I do indeed believe that it is genetic.

Michael_1960 2015-04-01 21:35:46 -0500 Report

Hi Jeanette, I hate to say it, but yes Diabetes is genetic, my mom was a type 2 and now I'm a type 2 as well, but I always heard that it usually runs in every other generation, but I guess not always. I hope your children don't get it, just start them off eating a good healthy meals and of course little kids metabolism is out of this world and it slowly goes away as we age, but just make sure that get plenty exercise as they get older as well.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-04-01 20:34:24 -0500 Report

Hi Jeanette,
Both my sons have developed type 2 in their 40's. I started this at age
54 I was dx with type 2. I completely believe in genetics. My oldest sons natural father was a diabetic and was due to be discharged from the Army when he was killed in Viet. Nam. He never made it home.. But I do remember they found it in Nam. He was type 1.

sweetslover 2015-04-01 14:35:30 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed Type 2 at age 66 (6 months ago). To my knowledge, I am the only one on both sides of the family to ever have diabetes. I guess I drew the "short straw."

Mando_Lynn 2015-04-01 10:40:08 -0500 Report

With both parents type 2 (dad diagnosed age 37 and very skinny, mom diagnosed at 49, average size/slightly heavy) I've been worried all my life I would get it. I researched type 2 and discovered (I think I'm remembering right. I can't find the website at the moment.) that if one parent has it, you have 7% chance of getting it. If the parent was diagnosed before age 40, it goes to 13% and if both have it, your chances are 50/50.

I did everything I could to avoid it knowing my risk. Stayed thin (size 2 less than 120 pounds), been working out since age 19 and eating healthy. Stayed away from processed and refined stuff. Yet, lo and behold at age 47 I was diagnosed type 2. I believe strongly in the genetic link. But my sister has gained significant weight over the years and lives for fast food. She's fine. Doesn't have it at all.

So who knows?

I have no children and neither does my sister. I am clueless about type one.

Type1Lou 2015-04-01 09:49:06 -0500 Report

Although I have no children of my own so cannot directly address your question, my father developed diabetes in the early 1960's. He used insulin but I'm not really sure whether he was Type 1 or Type 2 because oral meds weren't yet available. I developed Type 1 at age 27 at a particularly stressful time in my life. Something triggered an autoimmune response to destroy my beta cells but I'm not certain whether there was a genetic predisposition or not. Neither my brother nor my mother or any other close relatives have or had diabetes.