Is this a Diabetes myth or fact?

Philippines
July 6, 2008 4:01am CST
Hi, I came from a diabetic family. Everytime we have family gathering my relatives always talk about it. There is one thing that really makes me think because they always tell this to us because we are the next generation. Is it true that when your Father is diabetic, the most likely that will be diabetic is his daughter and not his son? Then when your Mother is diabetic the most likely with get diabetic is her son and not her daughter? This is somewhat true to our family because my Grandmother is diabetic and five of my Uncle is also diabetic, only my Aunt is not diabetic. Does this have a basis or scientific explanation? Or its just a myth? Thanks.
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@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
6 Jul 08
While it is true that if diabetes runs in your family that you are genetically predisposed to getting it as well, there is no hard and fast rule. A lot of families tend to become diabetic because they all eat together, and they all eat the same unhealthy foods and don't exercise. As the first poster suggested, if you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, you can still avoid becoming diabetic. The important thing is to stay away from sugar and junk foods, to limit "white foods" like white rice, bread and pasta, and potatoes. And to exercise for at least 30-45 minutes each day. If you do eat carbohydrates, eat protein with it. And get your blood glucose checked yearly.
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• United States
6 Jul 08
You've made some really good points. If a person or family is predisposed to diabetes, then they have to manage the risk factors. Usually the risk factors include being over weight, being inactive, high sugars and carbs. All these things you mentioned are true. They were telling me about managing the risk factors when I was pregnant and almost got gestational diabetes. The doctor said that most likely I'll get it later after menopause, cause that's usually when it returns. I was so lucky that it didn't happen this time. Thanks for all the amazing tips. I had forgotten many of the ideas until now.
• United States
3 Sep 09
Thats interesting, I never heard that before. I don't know, but I can tell you that my mother has it, and I have it, and so does my grandmother! So its an all female line in my family! So if that is true we didn't follow it!!
@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
5 Aug 08
Well I think that is a myth. When you have a family history of diabetes then you have also the risk of having it in the future and it does not matter whether your the daughter or son. I am diabetic and my father is also so I guess that breaks the myth. I think what is true about it is that the probability of you getting that is high as you really belong to a family that does have the disease so be careful with what you eat and monitor your sugar level as much as you can.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Aug 08
hi nerdy marc no thats a myth. what is the truth is that any children from diabetic parents have a great chance of becoming diabetic unless they keep their weight down to normal and eat lots of fruits and veggies and lean meat, and cut back on carb, use whole grain breads and pastas. My son if fifty and has never shown any signs of diabetes, and both his dad and I are diabetics.so you dont have to have diabetes just because you do have ahigher percentage of becoming that, you can prevent this with proper diet and excersize and keeping your weight normal.
@know21 (1251)
• United States
1 Aug 08
I would have to say its a myth. My Niece is a diabetic, and no one on her Mother side or Father side are diabetics.
• United States
7 Jul 08
My father, grandmother, and Aunt, on my fathers side all had diabetes. My sister and U both have it
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
7 Jul 08
That is odd...because thinking about it my mother has Juvenile Diabetes and her father had it as well, her mother wasn't diabetic. My father has Adult onset diabetes and his mother had the same and his father was not diabetic. My Aunt on my father's side had gestational diabetes....and my aunt on my mother's side does not have diabetes. I just look at it this way it is on both side of my family so the only thing I can see if I will get one or the other. Most likely adult onset, but I am trying to maintain my weight and eat healtheir to prevent or delay the onset of it. It's amazing how far diabetes has come in such a short time. My great grandmother on my mother's side was hospitalized in a mental ward b/c they thought she was crazy....it turns out they did not know about diabetes then. Which is sad b/c my grandfather never talked about her after that according to my mother.
• Indonesia
7 Jul 08
I don't really know about this myth, but I heard the one about if the diabetes don't passed on to the relatives below them, then the it will be passed to the ones below their children, as in the grandchildren. This kind of scared me because my Grandpa has diabetes and my Mom doesn't, so it might be passed on to me or my brothers. But the good thing with the myth, it means my children wouldn't get diabetes. I don't know if it's true though.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
7 Jul 08
I have a doctor friend who is a specialist[endocrynologist and diabetologist]. She said that the chances of children getting this is very high and that because my husband is diabetic the chances of my son getting it is high.This disproves what you have said. The doctor I am talking about is a really good one and knows what she is talking about.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I'm a diabetic and I've never read anywhere that this would make a difference. I do know that it can run in families. It does in mine. But I've had both male and female members have it, so I don't think it matters which one passed the gene on to me. When I was younger doctors would tell me to do this, do that. I didn't listen. Truthfully I didn't know the reasons behind their warnings. I think if they had explained why all of these things are needed I might have taken better care of my health when younger. And maybe then I wouldn't have developed all of the conditions I now have. The best thing to do is eat right and exercise.
@CharRay7 (1549)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I have heard that diabetes tends to run in the family. I'm diabetic, my mom was diabetic, but of my four grandparents, 3 of them were diabetic. I guess I was doomed to be too. My son is 25 years old and he was tested when he started truck driving and we were both worried until the test came back. It showed he was fine but I still warn him that he will probably show up diabetic also as he gets older. Have a great day! Char :-)
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
6 Jul 08
Diabetes can be passed down from family memebers, but I think you can maybe change ways . Like my pap was and then my mom , and she changed her life style with eating . Later , in life she started eating what she wanted again and once agin it came back , and this time around they put her on pills .