my father was diabetic

By gabriela Latest Reply 2010-01-27 11:02:59 -0600
Started 2010-01-25 13:00:49 -0600

is there a big possibility of suffer from diabetic since my father had it?

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donna13 2010-01-27 11:02:59 -0600 Report

I was just watching a segment on tv about breast cancer and the gene they discovered that relates to this disease. They said that although this gene is an indication of who is more likely to get this disease, there are many people who get it who don't have the gene. I think this relates to diabetes. If it is in your family, you are more likely to become diabetic. But, like my family, even if there are no ancestors who have/had it, it can still occur. My grandparents, my parents, and 6 of 7 of my siblings were not afflicted with this. When my sister was dx about 20 years ago, we tried very hard to come up with someone in the family who had it. Other than distant cousins (and this was only by stories, not first hand knowledge), we couldn't come up with any. So although family history is important, it's not the only thing and everyone should be aware of the possibility of getting this disease.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-01-26 05:31:12 -0600 Report

Sorry, my dear, but it is hereditary. But I'm one of four siblings and the only one with diabetes. My paternal grandmother had hypoglycemia; my maternal grandmother had diabetes. (With genes from those two, no wonder my pancreas is having problems!)

Hinboyz3 2010-01-26 05:04:49 -0600 Report

Yes it is, Im a product of my dad who has had it for over 22 years and maintaining it well. Im one of 3 children and the only one so far that has gotten it. But life goes on and we do all the things we can to make sure we are making all the necessary changes in our lives to live a long life. Things work out just fine. Im doing well. So can you.

alanbossman 2010-01-25 20:14:52 -0600 Report

There is a good chance but also it does skip a generation . Mine is hereditary my grandmother on one side and my other grandmother on my mothers side,plus my uncle and my sister also have diabetes. Just have your doc check your bs. just eat healthy and do exercise

salmanda 2010-01-25 19:36:10 -0600 Report

Diabetes is genetic. I have several relatives that have it now or had it while they were alive. My dad was trying to control his with diet before he passed away. I have an aunt, an uncle, a cousin, and myself on my father's side of the family. I believe there was also diabetes on my mother's side.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
You can fight it now though by eating healthy, keeping your weight down, and exercising. No time like the present. Ask your doctor for some information on diet. I would also have your doctor check your blood sugars once a year as part of your annual blood work.
Sal :)

2sweet2eat 2010-01-25 17:54:00 -0600 Report

My father was diagnosed at the age of 40.My grandmother on my father's side was in her late 60's.My mother is 65 just diagnosed.I was 35 when I was diagnosed.So the odds are pretty good but not definite.None of my brothers have it YET.

BLC 2010-01-25 17:23:36 -0600 Report

It seems that it is hereditary however, I am the only person in my family who is diabetic.

2010-01-25 17:09:51 -0600 Report

absolutely dear. my mother is one of seven siblings who all have diabetes..the only way I could avoid diabetes is being part of a different family.

Susie624 2010-01-25 14:53:54 -0600 Report

most definantly,the first one in my family I can remember was an uncle followed by one of my cousins,not his child,but his brothers,followed by my grandmother,an aunt then my mother,now my sister and I both have it.Linda

Susie624 2010-01-25 22:16:23 -0600 Report

Knowing to watch out for it gives an advantage and a fighting chance to get it under control before it gets out of hand.I was one of the lucky ones but still doctor has me on 1000mg.metformin twice a day.

spiritwalker 2010-01-25 14:34:34 -0600 Report

Yes, It sometimes skips a generation. My grandmother was a diabetic. Non of her children where. However several of her
grandchildren are.

ferk01 2010-01-25 13:04:06 -0600 Report

Absolutely, diabetes is genetic. If you were recently diagnosed your doctor should have asked you if you have any family members have this horrible disease. I know my sister and I have it but not our parents. however, we do have aunts and uncles who suffer with diabetes.

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