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If a type 1 like myself has children, are they prone to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? Or does it usually skip a generation?

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Injecto
If a type 1 like myself has children, are they prone to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? Or does it usually skip a generation?

 

Genes don't "skip" generations. They are either expressed or not. So, it does not mean that your kids will develop diabetes, nor does it mean they won't. It's really a gamble. However, the current view is that there is a weak genetic link in type 1s, around 5% chance.

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Cjohnson202

My mom had type 1, and I got it recently at age 19. From what the doctors told me, you either have a gene or you dont. for a child to get diabetes, both parents must have the gene. Non-diabetics have the gene too, but it doesn't always become diabetes.

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Stuboy
My mom had type 1, and I got it recently at age 19. From what the doctors told me, you either have a gene or you dont. for a child to get diabetes, both parents must have the gene. Non-diabetics have the gene too, but it doesn't always become diabetes.

 

The is absolutely NO diabetes in my dad's side of the family at all. Only my mum's side.... as far as i know from her side it was just my mum's dad that had type 1, and there is no diabetes on my mum's mum's side of the family either. She got glucoma and skin cancer instead :argh:

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Injecto

Yeah, I should add that in my family history going back to my Grand Parents on both sides, I am the first known diabetic of any type. Yeah Me!!! But now I'm worried about my kids.

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tanyatype1

My D specialist said that my kids have an extremely low risk of getting it. A month before I was diagnosed, (perfectly healthy my entire life, and physically fit) my hubby and I were talking about different diseases and afflictions that people can have/get. I said that I wondered what I was going to get, because everyone eventually gets something wrong with them! Talk about testing fate or what! A month later, boom, diabetic. No one in my family has Type 1, although aunts and uncles have Type 2. I think there's a lot worse things that could happen to my kids than diabetes. I always talk to them about it with an upbeat attitude so that if they do get it, they won't feel like it's the end of the world.

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notme

I am the first type one diabetic we know of in my family. My five kids show no signs of diabetes.

 

From what the doctors tell me, type one diabetes is not passed on through genes. The predisposition to diabetes is passed from generation to generation, but many factors need to be in place for diabetes to actually happen. In my case the doctors believe that stress and illness were the deciding factor.

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statdeac
I am the first type one diabetic we know of in my family. My five kids show no signs of diabetes.
Five kids. Wow, notme, that's quite a feat!

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2high

No Diabetes history anywhere in my family, t1, t2, gestational, nothing.

 

It's all mine... mine I tell you!!

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Keezheekoni

I'm the only t1, my dad's side of the family is all t2s. No one in my mom's family has any type of diabetes, not even gestational.

 

I get my five kids a1c tested yearly and so far none have any sign of diabetes (and my husband is a t2).

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FTW

Here is a link to Joslin's Genetics and Diabetes.

 

* If an immediate relative (parent, brother, sister, son or daughter) has type 1 diabetes, one's risk of developing type 1 diabetes is 10 to 20 times the risk of the general population; your risk can go from 1 in 100 to roughly 1 in 10 or possibly higher, depending on which family member has the diabetes and when they developed it.

* If one child in a family has type 1 diabetes, their siblings have about a 1 in 10 risk of developing it by age 50.

* The risk for a child of a parent with type 1 diabetes is lower if it is the mother — rather than the father — who has diabetes. "If the father has it, the risk is about 1 in 10 (10 percent) that his child will develop type 1 diabetes — the same as the risk to a sibling of an affected child," Dr. Warram says. On the other hand, if the mother has type 1 diabetes and is age 25 or younger when the child is born, the risk is reduced to 1 in 25 (4 percent) and if the mother is over age 25, the risk drops to 1 in 100 — virtually the same as the average American.

* If one of the parents developed type 1 diabetes before age 11, their child's risk of developing type 1 diabetes is somewhat higher than these figures and lower if the parent was diagnosed after their 11th birthday.

* About 1 in 7 people with type 1 has a condition known as type 2 polyglandular autoimmune syndrome. In addition to type 1 diabetes, these people have thyroid disease, malfunctioning adrenal glands and sometimes other immune disorders. For those with this syndrome, the child's risk of having the syndrome, including type 1 diabetes, is 1 in 2, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

 

Hope this helps!

 

FTW

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JasonJayhawk

Egads!

 

I'm male (dx'ed in mid-20's), and will be having twin boys in (hopefully, fingers crossed) late March (still unknown as to whether they're mono- or dizygotic).

 

I'll report back if either of them come down with Type 1.

 

***gulp***

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aeromarv
If a type 1 like myself has children, are they prone to be diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? Or does it usually skip a generation?

 

I see where no one believes the generation skipping ability of Type 1. That seems to be the case in my family though. Although I'm the first with type I. My great-great grandmother is suspected of having diabetes (based on her symptoms and complications), but it was undiagnosed based on the medical knowledge at the time and not necessarily a proven fact today. My grandfather was type 2 and I am type 1. This is all on my mothers side. No one else that we are aware of has any type of diabetes on her side, and no one has it on my fathers side.

 

Perhaps maybe a coincidence.

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GPF

The first in my family to have Diabetes is my father. Dx T1 at 48yrs of age. In doing his family research his grandmother told him of an aunt who may or may not have been in the blood line who was reported to "have the sugar".

My first born was Dx'd this summer with T1 at almost 2 and 1/2 years old.

So for now we can say it has skipped a generation.

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grace girl

I am the only one in my family on either side with type 1. I already had three children when I was dx'ed, and none of them have D, 6 years later. My doctors have told me that because there is a less than 20% chance of a child of a type 1 parent developing D, it is not really considered heriditary.

If I had developed this before I had kids, it wouldn't have stopped me. Even if they did develop it at some point, there are much worse things to deal with in life.

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Emm

I think, from what I've read, that diabetes is carried through families, but not all people will find the 'trigger' that sets it off.

Like anything else, some children wont carry it at all, some will carry it but never find the trigger, some will get a double dose from both sides of the family and hit the trigger...

 

So it's a game of chance. Families with no diabetes anywhere, ever, have a chance of having a diabetic child too... so I really think parents who DO have diabetes shouldn't worry too much about it. Sure it happens... and sure it sucks big time, but the joy of bringing life into the world, and the child's joy of experiencing life, FAR outweighs the bummer of being diabetic.

 

... smallprint: I'm no scientist, don't claim to know my stuff, just sharing what I've soaked in from reading many a page about D in general. I reserve the right to be completely wrong, especially seeing as a lot of the stuff we read about D is a big guess anyways :P

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kel4han

My dad type I at age 30, me type I at age 28 and my daughter dx'd 9months later at the age of 6. My husband also had an aunt with diabetes at age 13. So, I guess we really had it on both sides of the family, type I. But, you know, usually there is no history in the family when it hits that first poor child. Hmm. I dont believe in statistics, or genetic factors really, they seem too unpredicatable. Its gotta start somewhere, and end somewhere. (hopefully)

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newlife88

im 18 my husband is 27 he has type 2 if i get pregnant will even though i dont have he does is there a chance the child will

 

 

 

ASHLIE

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JasonJayhawk

Type 2 is generally caused by lack of exercise and poor diet choices (overweight) in about 90% of cases for Type 2 diabetes. While a genetic link has been suggested, it's also an environmental link. If he's only 27 years old and has type 2 diabetes, was this caused by becoming overweight?

 

Type 1 is where insulin is required for survival. Type 2 patients typically use large amounts of insulin because of insulin resistance.

 

There are, of course, other variations of Type 2, but in this day and age, when hearing that someone is Type 2, it is still too general without additional information as to how this diagnosis was decided by a doctor.

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cheryl

This topic is scarey, I test my kids bg's every so often as a fasting to make sure the little guys are ok. I have type 2 running on Dad's side of the family, it is unknown of in my Mom's side. I got type 1 when I was 12, but my pancreas has never went kaput. I have small tendency's where I spurt out my own insulin..........weird, but it will never be enough to keep me alive. I kind of hold on to this weird hope that I can jump start it. I know wishful thinking, but my old endo said, I might stay loopey for a long time till my pancreas dies...........I think he is right. Oh well such is life.

 

Cheryl

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christie

for me there was diabetes on my dad/grandma's side,she had one brother who died as a child from diabetes before insulin.and she had another brother who had it and he drank heaviliy and did'nt take care and he had a leg amputed and soon after the other leg was too and he never recovered from the second leg being taken off. he also had a son who had it and he also did'nt take care of himself and he died at 44 i think. i have a friend who's sister had t1 since she was 1,then her mom has it to where even though she's t2 she's had to start shots,not overweight at all. and before xmas my friends daughter who is 4 was dxd with t1 and her sugars were over 600.i called my friend to see how she was and she was trying to check the little girl's sugar and give her a shot and she was crying and telling my friend that she hated her. so i check my kids from time to time especially if i think they are drinking too much.

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