If my husband has diabetes and high cholesterol will my baby develop them as she gets older?
Both diabetes and high cholesterol can be genetically passed down from one generation to the next. Your daughter has half of your husband’s genes, but whether she inherited the genes linked to diabetes or high cholesterol is difficult to determine. Because you know she is at risk, you will want to provide an environment that lessens the risk of her developing either of these problems. Make sure she stays at a healthy weight and gets regular physical activity. Limit, to the extent possible, computer time and minimize tv time. Limit snacking and high-fat foods. Be sure she eats regular, well balanced meals. Create a family environment that encourages activity and healthy eating. Not only will this be good for your daughter, but it will be good for both your and your husband’s health as well.