By roryalexmom Latest Reply 2010-05-18 16:05:57 -0500
Started 2010-05-06 12:00:37 -0500

Can anyone tell me if you can "inherit" diabetes and if so, is more common to get from your paternal or maternal side?

11 replies

Dennis1963 2010-05-18 16:05:57 -0500 Report

I wonder if it is hereditary, making one more prone to get the disease; not so much that one "will get the disease." But, because of generations of abusive diets and such. Which the pancreas and cells develop a memory so to say, and passed on, which makes family members more prone to it.
If this is the case, why couldn't that cycle be reversed?

Especially today millions and millions are getting diabetes.
I do not know when we started keeping track, but I read it is more wide spread and a pandemic.

We are destroying our bodies with so many toxins, food additives and preservatives that our bodies don't know which way to turn.

I tend to believe it is more us (humans) then just an inherited disease. If this is the case it will get worse and worse through the generations.

But, what do I know. Just a thought.

kdroberts 2010-05-06 19:25:03 -0500 Report

Genetics are 100% critical for somebody t develop diabetes. Without the genetic disposition you can do what you want and never get diabetes of any type. The side of the family does not matter but if both your parents are type 2 then you have a 50/50 chance of developing it yourself.

Identical twin studies are interesting because they show that genes do play a massive part. If one twin has diabetes the rate of the other twin also having it is hugely greater than that of the general population. Almost so much you could call it a guarantee. I am running my own, unscientific twin study on a set of twins right now. One has type 2, the other who has a completely different lifestyle, exercises much more and eats much healthier, has pre-diabetes and is so close to getting type 2 he is taking metformin already.

There is some good info about studies on genetics of diabetes here.

petals 2010-05-06 18:05:04 -0500 Report

It is herditary, and sometimes it does skip generations. Most of my mom's family has diabetes,she doesn't. But I do. I also had some risk factors,like being over weight.

MAYS 2010-05-06 17:39:51 -0500 Report

Genetically No. (Not quite)

(American Diabetes Association Website)

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes have different causes. Yet two factors are important in both. First, you must inherit a predisposition to the disease. Second, something in your environment must trigger diabetes.

Genes alone are not enough. One proof of this is identical twins. Identical twins have identical genes. Yet when one twin has type 1 diabetes, the other gets the disease at most only half the time. When one twin has type 2 diabetes, the other's risk is at most 3 in 4.


LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-05-06 21:22:25 -0500 Report

QYou're right. Actually I began a discussion on this a good while ago based on an article about the study of twins, etc. Bery interesting, I thought.

monkeymama 2010-05-06 17:18:15 -0500 Report

Hello there! Diabetes is hereditary and does not matter side. For example: my paternal grandmother has diabetes, my dad, and I too have diabetes. There was no generation skipped there. My mom has diabetes to top all else off. It really just depends. I do agree with Lady Di in that if there is a concern of this. Try your very best to make better and healthier choices. Just be careful though. Because when I spoke with my younger two kids genetics doctor. I was informed, if a person did everything right, there still could be that potential of developing diabetes. That is why i was told to keep making better choices for my kids and hope. My kids are checked every year to make sure they do not develop diabetes. It is especially important because I have two with a life threatening metabolic disease and my oldest has a eating disorder. Best of wishes to you though

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-05-06 14:20:31 -0500 Report

Definitely hereditary. We have had some good discussions on this in the past. If you know you have it in your family, it pays to do all you can to eat right, exercise, etc., before being diagnose, to keep it at bay as long as possible. Your lifestyle plays a big part, of course. In actuality everyone needs to be taking care of themselves and doing these things anyway. Sadly, many of us don't.

drsdolphin 2010-05-09 21:52:02 -0500 Report

My dad and his mom had diabetes. I tried my best to eat healthy and be very careful when I was younger so I would not get it when I grew up. My sister was a junk food junkie and loved her sweets. Everyone knew she would end up diabetic. I was the health nut who ended up with diabetes and my sister did not.

spiritwalker 2010-05-06 14:00:18 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. Diabetes does run in families, but it often
skips a generation. I don't think it matters which side of the
family. My Grandmother on one side of my family and an
uncle on the other side of my family where diabetic. I also
have several cousins that are diabetic.