If my husband has diabetes and high cholesterol will my baby develop them as she gets older?

Patty Bonsignore


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.

January 24, 2013 at 11:09 am

3 replies

wifeofT1D 2013-04-22 08:32:56 -0500 Report

aschedel, The answer to your question, in my opinion, is that no one knows if your child will be or become a diabetic. My husband is T1(42+ yrs) and we have two children 12 & 10. So far neither one of our children show any signs. In no way would diabetes of kept us from having children! I did spend the first few years having my children's sugar tested. After a few times my doctor told me to stop and that I would know what signs to look for. I know it's hard, but you cannot let diabetes control your life. I worry daily about my husband and our children, but at least this is a disease that can be managed. I hope this helps ;)

dijr0365 2013-03-18 18:13:42 -0500 Report

Hi, I am a Type 1 Diabetic- 40 years. I asked this question when I was in my early 20's. The Doctor's told me (exact words) "50/50 chance my chances are better if spouse does not have diabetes in their family history, If spouse does have history of diabetes in their family, then chances are a lot lower than 50/50. Your child will most likely suffer from diabetes 1." I was even told it was not wise to have children due to making my diabetes worse. I now have a 27 year old daughter, who most likely will suffer from diabetes during her pregnancy may be this is why I am not a grandmother yet. (ha ha) And I have a 20 year old son who has had diabetes 1 since the age of 6. I know this does not answer your question, but it may give you a more reasonable explanation. I had been married twice, a child with each husband who each swore there was no history of diabetes in their families except for diabetes 2. Weather that is a fact is still unknown as of today. I had blood drawn from my first child every month until the age of 3. Doctor's did not seem to care about the enormity of that, and she was a charm while having it done. I was not so frightened about my second child having it, and did not test him as I did her, but when one of your children comes down with diabetes you will know. I did wait 7 years before having my 2nd child. I am unsure if I waited so long to see if she had gotten diabetes or not. But either way I could not imagine my life without either one of them. Would I choose differently having have known, I cannot honestly answer that at this point since I had him. And I would nohave change anything, just wish it would have been different for him.

aschedel 2013-03-16 16:07:08 -0500 Report

What about those of us with Type 1? This doesn't answer the question really, especially since you assumed her husband has Type 2. Anyone can get Type 2, even if noone in their family has ever had it. It is not specifically a genetic disorder unlike Type 1. Seriously, what are the odds of a child being diabetic when a parent (in my case, the mother) has Type 1 diabetes? I suspect 50/50, assuming the father has noone with Type 1 in their family, but I am not sure. Noone has ever answered this question to my satisfaction and at this point I would settle for an "I don't know" rather than long paragraphs about how all children should be raised, not just those at risk for diabetes.