hereditary and diabetes?

March 27, 2007 5:22am CST
My father died of diabetes.. are there any chances that I may risk into this disease? if it is hereditary, can I stop from preventing getting it to my children.. I dont want to pass on a disease which I have for someone who is innocent.. It may sound a bit strange but I think science has really advanced and there might be some prevention could be available..
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• Philippines
31 Mar 07
i'm sorry about your dad. as what i know, diabetes is both hereditary and acquired. my dad is also diabetic but not that bad,it's just a mild diabetes but he and us family still monitors his blood sugar from time to time. his doctor told him that he had an acquired diabetes,none of his parents and grandparents were diabetic. like my dad, just discipline yourself for taking only enough sugar intakes, exercise daily, drink plenty of water always, and controlling yourself from tempting on eating a lot of sugary foods. alternative way is taking only sweeteners and sugar free foods ,not always but often times because our body also needs sugar components. just remember, "prevention is better than cure". for now, make ways to prevent it. i hope this helps.
27 Mar 07
Diabetes affects 1.3million people in the UK. It is a condition where the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, a healthy diet, quitting smoking and regular exercise are recommended. If either type of diabetes runs in your family you are more likely to develop it. However hereditory factors are more signicant for diabetes diagnosed at an early age. When diabetes is diagnosed later in life then lifestyle factors are more relevant. Unfortunately there is no cure for diabetes. However, the symptoms can be controlled, which will prevent health problems later in life. The best advice would be to discuss your concerns with your doctor. They will be able to tell you the symptoms to watch out for, such as excessive thirst and using the loo. Recognising the symptoms and early diagnosis to keep this under control is the best advice. I hope this has helped a little.