Inheirited diabetes genetic pattern for Type2's

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/13/2007 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I learned this somewhere, in my reading, at a diabetes class, on the net, really can't remember where but I think I learned that Type2 probability is higher when passed from father to daughter and mother to son. Has anyone else heard of this pattern?

In my family it goes from my grandmother to my uncle who died of complications of diabetes. His daughter is also prediabetic. My dad didn't have diabetes but his mother is my only link in the family. If this whole thing holds true then my son will probably develop it if he doesn't follow some type of healthy lifestyle...

Has anyone heard of this besides myself?
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LanieG
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   Posted 8/14/2007 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I had heard about the mother-son connection. My grandmother had only girls, so that's a deadend. Both my brother and sister have elevated blood sugar as I do. So far, my son and daughter are 'normal'. No diabetes on my father's or husband's sides.
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 8/17/2007 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Anybody else heard of this?
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tutorgirl
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   Posted 8/17/2007 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
It pretty much runs rampant on my mother's side. Both of her parents had it (although my grandmother lived into her 80's and grandfather into his 90's), both my mom and her brother have it, and I have it . I have 3 other sisters...one had it until the gastro-by-pass surgery, but my other 2 sisters don't. We seem to run to the shape theory. The 2 sisters that don't have it are pear shaped and heavier than I am. My mom, other sister and I are all the apple shape. I have decided to really examine my offspring's shapes to see which of them is going to predisposed to the disease. My husband is also the no waist, no butt shape so I'm watching him. It isn't in his family, but he had an A1c of 6.2 and a FBS of 126 one time in the last year. He just pooh-poohs me, but I figure since I'm eating low carb now and he really is supporting me in that and not lugging home sweets, that we will be able to keep it at bay. I'd like him to go in and have it checked again, but I don't think that will happen. At least he isn't overweight and exercises. Oops, I probably went on to long.

LanieG
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   Posted 8/17/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Tutorgirl, no, you didn't go on too long!  I know what you mean about watching the kids and husband.  Because I've spent lots of time reading about diabetes, and have bought some books and changed my eating and lifestyle, my family can't escape it.  Yet, I don't force this down their throats or pontificate.  When the subject comes up, I speak about it but don't lecture.  Sometimes I get a roll of the eyes eyes   from my son if I look at his plate for 2 seconds longer than expected.  Ol' eagle eyes Mom.  On the other hand, I know they know I'm healthier and they've liked all the dishes I've made that are for everyone's good health.  Somehow, I have a feeling, they'll come around.  At least they're more informed than before.  It's a soft revolution here.

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tangerine bear
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   Posted 8/19/2007 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   

I fit the pattern you are mentioning Jeannie. My grandmother on my father's side had diabetes, my father had it beginning in his 50's, and I have been diagnosed at 55 (I'm female :-) ). As for the inherited eating patterns, my grandmother was a Russian immigrant and she lived far from us (I was a child when she died) so I don't really know what they ate, but I would assume they ate a lot more fat and carbs than we do now. My father was a businessman, and he had a lot of business lunches, dinner parties, etc. (which certainly has never been the case for me), although he ate a lot of fruit and vegetables and healthy foods as well. Growing up, we didn't have all the fast food that's around now, and even what was available, we rarely had. We had "home cooked" meals at every meal and we almost never had pizza or hamburgers, etc. My generation (including me) has lived on a lot more fast food. I think the availability of the quick easy drive-thru is a factor for a lot of us.

I always had a tendency to have LOW blood sugar, which "flipped" this April. I think the low fat, high carb diet due to my high cholesterol may have contributed to the "flip" for me, but who knows. The fact is that I have the family history, and my kids need to watch out for that. Luckily, I've found this resource, and have learned to keep my carbs at bay, so I'm hoping to keep improving.

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4sons
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   Posted 8/19/2007 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok. I'm an adoptee ... born into one family, grew up in another. I was blessed to have grown up in a very stable and nutrionally found family. I found my birthfamily when I was 40. At 50 I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes ... the SAME MONTH as my 58 year old birth brother, whom I had met ONCE and did not grow up with.

Genetics is a HUGE factor.
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Ruth/4sons

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mamo
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   Posted 8/24/2007 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
My grandpa on my mom's side had diabetes. He dies at the age of 56 I believe. He went into a diabetic coma in his sleep and dies without ever waking up. So far no one but his oldest daughter in her late 70's has gotten diabetes. She was diagnoised with it in her early 70's.
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4sons
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   Posted 8/25/2007 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Selmer ... I realize that I have always had all the "makings" of a Type 2. Apple vs. pear, hypoglycemia as a teenager, lots of stuff. BUT it was indeed weight gain during/after four pregnancies and a nasty divorced that probably pushed me over the edge. The potential was always there ... but I do recognize I probably "helped" myself reach it.
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Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise

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