Does Diabetes Skip A Generation

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I Have Pre-diabetes. Am I Destined For Type 2?

Q: My physician told me she believes I have pre-diabetes. My grandmother had diabetes, and I hear that diabetes skips a generation, so is that why I have pre-diabetes? Is there any way to prevent getting actual diabetes? A: The fact that your grandmother had type 2 diabetes could certainly mean you have a higher risk of developing this common type of diabetes. People with a family history of type 2 diabetes are at greater risk, especially if you have a parent or sibling who had or has it. Genetics does play a role. We also know that Hispanics, African-Americans, and Native Americans have a higher incidence of type 2 diabetes. However, the notion that type 2 diabetes skips a generation is not true. If your grandmother had type 2 diabetes, your parents, your siblings, and your children are all at risk for developing it. Help your family members recognize that family history is one risk factor. Encourage them to talk to their doctor about their family history and ask whether their blood glucose should be checked, particularly if they have other risk factors such as being overweight, being a member of a high-risk ethnic population, or having heart disease. Jeannette Jordan, M.S., R.D., Continue reading >>

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  1. ston3xc

    Skipping generations

    How many of you have heard that diabetes always skips a generation if it runs in your family? How many have found out that that's not always true? I've been diabetic for over 30 yr. My 32 yr old son was diagnosed when he was 12. My dad had juvenile, my paternal grandparents had adult onset. My sister researched our family tree and found it had not skipped for 8 generations. Has science debunked that theory or not?

  2. Mame C

    gotta say in my case there was (is) no one w/any type of diabetes but I've been a type one since 1972. Truly believe I had some sort of virus that knocked my pancreas out. My friend in a very rural part of ohio has a son who was diagnosed in 06 w/type 1- had no one on either side and within 6 mos. 3 other kids in his class were diagnosed type 1

  3. MichelleBalcom

    I had never heard that it skipped a generation, but I had always grown up hearing how it went from Mother to Son, Father to Daughter. No one on my dads side was a diabetic and on my mom side I had one great Aunt that had it early, the rest of them got it after they turned 60, so I was shocked when I became a diabetic. To top it off they all are not as bad and can take pills while I have to take insulin shots. I was told by the doctors that mine is not from heridatary though, but from pacreatitis.

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