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Do you have Diabetes in your family?

Asked by Frenchfry (7584points) September 20th, 2010

Wondering how many Fluthers are effected by this. I have it bad in my family and often worry it is passed on to my daughter. She is only 3 but I hope she does not have it. I hope I don’t ever get type 2.

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jrpowell's avatar

My mom was just (last week) diagnosed with type 2. I don’t really know what that means. I should look into it.

Seaofclouds's avatar

My grandmother is diabetic. Her mother and grandmother were as well. They all were diagnosed as adults in their 30s and 40s. They were all also overweight. My mom has not been diagnosed with it, but she makes sure to stay at a healthy weight and hopefully will never get it. I have had some problems with my sugar being low in the past, but I have been fine for several years now. My doctor says I’m definitely at risk for it, so I also try to maintain a healthy weight.

None of the men in my family have diabetes. For some reason, it sticks to the women in our family.

muppetish's avatar

My dad was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when I was in primary school. When I was about to graduate from high school, I learned two of my cousins had developed diabetes and my aunt was diagnosed this summer. Outside of my family, a friend from school lost her brother to type 1 diabetes a few years ago.

I’m the referee with the whistle. I call everyone out when they consume too many sweets at family gatherings. Especially my dad. He loves sweets. It’s been difficult for him to give those things up, but he had to do it for us.

I know that I need to be more health conscious. I’m working on it.

Frenchfry's avatar

@Seaofclouds I have become 30 to 40 pounds overweight do to being a at home mom and my love for food. LOL I hope I lose it when I get back to work. Weight is a issue with the type 2. My mother and sister passed away early due to diabetes complications.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

My grandmother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in her late 60s, and lived to be 86. My aunt was considered pre-diabetic, but at the time she was probably 400lbs, and after losing some weight she no longer has any trouble.

Seaofclouds's avatar

@Frenchfry Yeah, it can be scary. My grandmother has gotten to the point where she doesn’t need to take insulin anymore but she still takes a pill daily to help control her sugar levels. She lost a lot of weight after having a scare of kidney failure and needing laser eye surgery due to some blood vessel changes in her eyes from the diabetes. Good luck with the weight loss!

Ben_Dover's avatar

My Nana had it and died from it. My aunt on her side had it and recently died. I get seriously high sugar if I over ingest sugars or high glycemic foods and don’t exercise.

Suffice to say I walk and swim at the gym every day and no refined sugary foods.

Bear in mind there are several different causes for diabetes, which translated simply means sweet-smelling urine (because of all the sugar your body tries to rid itself.

You might be having trouble producing insulin.
You might be ingesting more sugar than your insulin can handle.
There are certain proteins needed to use the sugar and you might not be manufacturing them.
You might be pregnant. Diabetes during pregnancy is common.
Your body’s cells no longer recognize the insulin you produce.

tragiclikebowie's avatar

Apparently my dad’s dad has type 2. I say apparently because my family doesn’t really have any contact with him. This year my dad (who has been overweight for a while because he screwed up his meniscus in his left knee) was diagnosed as pre-diabetic. I had a blood test done and was found to be at a slightly increased risk, so both of us have been making an effort to eat better and exercise more regularly.

cookieman's avatar

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about five years ago.

I’m overweight and lived a very stressful life for years. Luckily I don’t drink or smoke.

I’ve cut back on the stress a lot, take my pills and, despite my avatar, try and avoid sweets.

I’ve plateaued however. Now I need to cut out processed carbs (which is my weekness) and start exercising. My doctor says if I drop 50lbs., it’ll make a big improvement.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I have a family history of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, which is pretty scary. I really should start being more health conscious.

GladysMensch's avatar

I have type 1, and I must say it’s not that big of a deal to me. I feel lucky to have a disease that’s treatable, controllable, and doesn’t keep me from doing things. I’ve known too many people with horrible, debilitating conditions to complain about mine. Sure, I can’t eat everything I want, but I’m not in constant pain, or hooked to machines. There are more food options available for diabetics now than any other time… and we thankfully have options beyond saccharine. I’ll likely die before I would have if I didn’t have the disease, but there’s no knowing how long I had to begin with.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Not that I know of but that means little given how many people are completely unaware that they’re pre-diabetic or diabetic.

Hawkeye's avatar

Not that I know of.

ducky_dnl's avatar

My mother has type 2 diabetes.

downtide's avatar

My mother was diagnosed with type 2 in her late 60s.

taulandi's avatar

Both, my mum and my late dad have type 2 diabetes.

OpryLeigh's avatar

My maternal grandmother and her siblings have diabetes.

Ultramarine_Ocean's avatar

My father has it, sadly. That’s one of the few things motivating me to be health conscious.

BratLady's avatar

I was told for a year that I was pre diabetic. Either you are or you aren’t. I was diagnoised this past Christmas with type 2. Many people in my family are diabetic.

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