Skipping generations

ston3xc
By ston3xc Latest Reply 2010-05-18 19:02:30 -0500
Started 2010-04-19 17:51:36 -0500

How many of you have heard that diabetes always skips a generation if it runs in your family? How many have found out that that's not always true? I've been diabetic for over 30 yr. My 32 yr old son was diagnosed when he was 12. My dad had juvenile, my paternal grandparents had adult onset. My sister researched our family tree and found it had not skipped for 8 generations. Has science debunked that theory or not?


22 replies

Mame C
Mame C 2010-05-18 19:02:30 -0500 Report

gotta say in my case there was (is) no one w/any type of diabetes but I've been a type one since 1972. Truly believe I had some sort of virus that knocked my pancreas out. My friend in a very rural part of ohio has a son who was diagnosed in 06 w/type 1- had no one on either side and within 6 mos. 3 other kids in his class were diagnosed type 1

MichelleBalcom
MichelleBalcom 2010-04-26 10:44:03 -0500 Report

I had never heard that it skipped a generation, but I had always grown up hearing how it went from Mother to Son, Father to Daughter. No one on my dads side was a diabetic and on my mom side I had one great Aunt that had it early, the rest of them got it after they turned 60, so I was shocked when I became a diabetic. To top it off they all are not as bad and can take pills while I have to take insulin shots. I was told by the doctors that mine is not from heridatary though, but from pacreatitis.

Alicia039
Alicia039 2010-04-22 19:00:49 -0500 Report

It didn't skip in my family. My grandmother, mother, father, and me all have it. I'm hoping my son doesn't get it.

Robbibird3
Robbibird3 2010-04-22 17:43:59 -0500 Report

I know it did in my family I don't think Dad had it but Grandma did and my older brother and I have it now.

Grasshopper1950
Grasshopper1950 2010-04-21 11:41:56 -0500 Report

Hi. I am new here. I grew up hearing that diabetes (almost) always skips a generation. But my mother's aunt had it, she had it, and now I have it…all type 2…all dignosed in our 40's. Genetics, I guess.

Miminv
Miminv 2010-04-21 08:28:16 -0500 Report

Mother side- Great Grandmothers Sister whole family had it, not sure which type of diabeties. I was the first type 2, 15 years ago, then Grandmother, Uncle and now on my fathers side just my father.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-04-20 18:33:21 -0500 Report

I have not heard of it skipping, but I imagine it can. For my family, we are the only ones who have it. All of my direct family have or had type 2. BUT, there is a history of thyroid issues on my dad's side of the family along with leukemia and I imagine that it could be a contributing factor. As for my mom, I don't know why she got it, but she got it latest in life. I don't have any direct children, so I can only hope that it stops with me.

Zimoss
Zimoss 2010-04-20 02:08:55 -0500 Report

diabetes is a genetic disease.

I have heard that it can skip generations, but I guess I won the genetic lottery on this one… everyone on my dad's side has t2 and my mom is the only living person from her family and she has it.

for type 1…sometimes people with no family history get it …nobody knows why.

for type 2…while it might be argued that diet and exercise might delay the onset… if you have the gene it will eventually kick in. (yes i am a t2 and 34yrs old and I weigh in over 300#…but I was diagnosed at 20 yrs old and 190# and VERY active…so diet isn't everything) — and for those who want to argue that its not genetic try looking up the Pima Indian tribe located in Southern Arizona (might be listed as Pasqua Yaqi now— name changed a few years ago) they have the HIGHEST rate of diabetes in the world and most experts agree its due to genes passed from one generation to the next combined with the "typical american diet"

spiritwalker
spiritwalker 2010-04-19 20:06:28 -0500 Report

In my family it does skip generations. My paternal grandfather was a diabetic, but died in a farming accident.
None of his eight children had it. I and some of my cousins
do.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-19 19:05:20 -0500 Report

It has not skipped generations in my family - not as far back as I'm aware. I suppose it's possible, but also not a definite occurrence. While good nutrititon is essential to controlling it, I believe if you are diagnosed with it that you already had a predisposition for it. It will most likely show up earlier, of course, in those who eat improperly.

Lynn O.
Lynn O. 2010-04-19 18:22:12 -0500 Report

HELLO, NOW MY GRANDFATHER MATERNAL, MY MOTHER BOTH HAD TYPE 2. THEY STATE THAT I AM FIRST GENERATION FOR TYPE 1 BECAUSE ABSOLUTELY NO WHERE ON MOTHER OR FATHER'S SIDE IS THERE ANYONE AS FAR BACK AS WE POSSIBLY COULD GO BACK WE DID AND NO ONE HAD TYPE 1 DIABETES? CAN I GET SOME FEEDBACK ON THIS? THANK YOU, LYNN O.

MAYS
MAYS 2010-04-19 18:07:49 -0500 Report

If it's true that diabetes is a genetic disease it can skip generations, as can anything genetic such as hair and eye color, complexion and height.
I stray away from the genetic theory for type 2 diabetes, if it is genetically hidden, we either activate or accelerate the process with our nutritionally unhealthy lifestyle (in my opinion).

~ Mays ~

ston3xc
ston3xc 2010-04-19 18:44:17 -0500 Report

I'm having a hard time with the theory of nutritionally unhealthy in my case only, I had rural upbringing along with both sides of grandparents. Gardens and home-canned foodstuffs were staples in our diets, I was diagnosed at age 22 when I was still on that diet. My son though, was totally into the fast food diet when he started running around with friends in high school.

MAYS
MAYS 2010-04-19 19:35:32 -0500 Report

Type 1 diabetes is strictly genetic unless for some unknown reason your pancreas just fails, normally your body's immune system attacks and destroys the Beta cells of your pancreas which produce insulin.

Lifestyle normally dictates type 2 diabetes although some believe that it is genetic, too many factors come into play concerning this, food choices, race and ethnicity, physical body structure (weight) among other things.

A real mystery at times.

~ Mays ~

ston3xc
ston3xc 2010-04-19 21:07:30 -0500 Report

I really value your input. I never got a definite answer from any Dr if I was a type I or type 2. Age 22 is too old for Type I, too young for type 2 at least that was the thinking 30 years ago. Am I right to think that a I was really insulin resistant?

MAYS
MAYS 2010-04-19 21:30:57 -0500 Report

Do you have a blood glucose meter ?

That is very strange, do you take insulin injections ?

Type 1 diabetics must take insulin injections in order to survive, because their bodies either produce no insulin or very little insulin for a short period of time, but not enough to serve a purpose.

Type 2 diabetics can either be insulin dependent and take injections or control their diabetes with medication (pills) and \ or proper dieting.

This video clip should answer any questions that you may have :

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/877-ani...

This one may also interest you :

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/879-dia...

As well as this very informative site :

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/

Any questions just ask !

~ Mays ~

ston3xc
ston3xc 2010-04-19 21:52:09 -0500 Report

Yes, I do have a meter and I do take insulin injections now. Thirty years ago I was able to just take pills. I took pills for 8 years and then my pancreas stopped producing and I've been on injections since. Thanks for the links and thanks for the help!

MAYS
MAYS 2010-04-19 22:26:52 -0500 Report

So then you are a type 1 diabetic, technically a (type 1.5 LADA).

You were first diagnosed as a type 2.
That's similar to what is happening to me, my pancreas produces very little insulin, my pancreatic failure is and was inevitable according to my doctor, I didn't make it any easier by being overly physically active.
Continue taking care of yourself !

~ Mays ~

Zimoss
Zimoss 2010-04-20 02:20:01 -0500 Report

not sure what you're saying here about being type 1 (or 1.5)…nothing in the above posts indicates either way what type he has. He was taking pills 30 yrs ago…even 30 yrs ago they knew if you produced insulin or not >> so the fact that he took pills probably indicates he is type 2.

The only definitive way to determine if you are type 1 or type 2 is to have GAD antibodies test which will determine if you have the antibodies in your system which kill of the beta cells.

While it is true that a type 1 will not produce insulin anymore, research shows that a T2 with high blood sugars can also kill their beta cells leading to a loss of insulin production — and thus requiring the use of insulin to continue living.

The best advice you can get is to see a doctor and ask about running the tests… that way you will know for sure either way.