Is Diabetes hereditary?
August 21, 2007 9:37am CST
My father has Diabetes for the last 35 years and he suffered a lot because of this.I heard even my paternal grandfather had Diabetes.So I want to know whether this uncurable disease is hereditary?By grace of God till now no traces of Diabetes has been found in me and I hope that someone will guide me in knowing the facts about how to stay far from this frustating disease?
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22 Aug 07
From what I know diabetes is hereditary. But you should be aware that if you are at risk of having one you could delay its onset on you by living a healthy lifestyle. Be always be aware of the signs and symptoms of having one. You have witness your father and your family history. I think that is the best defense for you not having it very soon. For as long as you can stay healthy and be clean in your lifestyle, constant exercise and being conscious always about your weight, I think there is a better chance that you might not get it or it may show up very late in your life. The best thing to do is not to always worry that you might get the disease soon as they say stress can also trigger early onset of the disease so stay calm and be happy with your life and be grateful that you don't have it at the moment.
• United States
21 Aug 07
Having worked with my husband's diabetes for 6 years now, the most important thing on my mind after reading your question is: even if you DO develop the disease, don't be so scared of it!! My husband's reaction to his diagnoses was immediate denial... he refused to change any facet of his life... until the day he nearly went into diabetic coma ON THE FREEWAY!! There are many things you must do as a diabetic that most people don't do, but it isn't that difficult to do things like: read labels in the grocery store... change to an artificial sweetener (in a week, you won't like the taste of sugar!)... get plenty of protein and fresh veggies... eat smaller meals all day long... increase the amount of exercise you get every day... All of these thing work to hold off the need to use insulin for quite a while, in most cases. And if and/or when you do need insulin, the first shot is the hardest!! Just ask yourself if a little needle poke is worse than dying... easy answer!! The interesting thing is that while you are taking care of yourself, the people around you also benefit! Now that we don't eat pastry and other sugars/starches, I am in better shape, myself!! And our kids and grandkids get together and cook glorious healthy meals on special occasions... we don't miss the cake and ice cream at all!!
21 Aug 07
Hello sanju!(",) Yes, diabetes is hereditary. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles. 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. Type 2 diabetes has a stronger genetic basis than type 1, yet it also depends more on environmental factors. Sound confusing? What happens is that a family history of type 2 diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for getting the disease but it only seems to matter in people living a Western lifestyle. In general, if you are a man with type 1 diabetes, the odds of your child getting diabetes are 1 in 17. If you are a woman with type 1 diabetes and your child was born before you were 25, your child's risk is 1 in 25; if your child was born after you turned 25, your child's risk is 1 in 100. Your child's risk is doubled if you developed diabetes before age 11. If both you and your partner have type 1 diabetes, the risk is between 1 in 10 and 1 in 4. There is an exception to these numbers. About 1 in every 7 people with type 1 diabetes has a condition called type 2 polyglandular autoimmune syndrome. In addition to having diabetes, these people also have thyroid disease and a poorly working adrenal gland. Some also have other immune system disorders. If you have this syndrome, your child's risk of getting the syndrome including type 1 diabetes is 1 in 2. Great day!(",)
15 Oct 07
Hi! Diabetes is some times hereditary in the sense that if eithe or both of your parents have diabetes you are at greater risk of getting this disease,but you may even get it even if both ur parents did not have it.My father has diabetes even tough his parents did not have. visit this site for some good information: http://freehealthadvice.blog.com
26 Aug 07
Type2 diabetes has evidence that it may run in families. It is developed in later life. Now a day with our current life style, it attacks more in young, adults and children those who are overweight. However keeping healthy eating, weight balance may have control over it. It's better to consult family doctor as he knows very well the family history of diabetes. Thanks Sanju for starting a very good discussion. Takka care.
• United States
21 Aug 07
I don't know a lot about diabetes myself, but I have a maternal grandfather, a maternal aunt, and a paternal grandmother who have diabetes. I'm not sure if it's curable, but I know it can be handled but it is a lot involved for some. You have to be on a special diet and different things like that. Some people don't get diabetes until they get pregnant or at least don't find out about it until then. I often wonder if I will have diabetes since it runs in my family and I believe it is hereditary. Your best bet would be to keep regular doctor visits and just pay attention to your body and any signs or anything. Good luck.