Expert Advice on Diabetes Lifestyle Inheriting Diabetes to Children
Q. What are the chances my children will inherit Diabetes from me?
Candy Phelps, Tempe, AZ
A. Statistically, the chances of your children inheriting Diabetes break down based on the following risk factors:
- If there is no history of Diabetes in the family, a child has an 11% chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes by age 70 and a 1% chance of Type 1 Diabetes by age 50.
- If the father has Type 1 Diabetes, the child has a 6% chance of Type 1 Diabetes.
- If the mother has Type 1 Diabetes and was younger than 25 when the child was born, the child has a 4% chance of Type 1 Diabetes.
- If the mother has Type 1 Diabetes and was older than 25 when the child was born, the child has a 1% chance of Type 1 Diabetes.
- The risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes doubles if the parent was diagnosed by age 11.
- If one parent was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes before the age of 50, the child has a 14% chance of Type 2 Diabetes.
- If both parents have Type 2 Diabetes, the child has a 45% chance of Type 2 Diabetes.Diabetes is a disease that has to do with the processing of certain chemicals in your body for use. Insulin is the chemical required by your cells to convert starches, sugars and carbohydrates into glucose which is used by your body for energy. If you have Type 1 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin. Type 2 happens when your body’s cells reject insulin. Most people are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Is it hereditary?The answer is yes and no. Yes, there are genes in the family chain that are associated with diabetes. Statistics show that if your mother has Type 1 Diabetes, you are less likely to inherit it than if it was your father. There is also the inherited love of certain foods that can contribute to diabetes. It also appears that 10 percent of people who have Type 1 also have a relative with diabetes, but that doesn’t mean you have a 10 percent chance of getting it.