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.

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