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Can diabetes be passed down to your children?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, well possibly
The genetics of diabetes is thought to not be an all or none genetics, but heavily influenced by environmental factors.
Type 1 diabetes is thought to have very little genetic predisposition. Type 2 diabetes is more common when parents or siblings had or have developed diabetes. However, it is heavily influenced by weight, lifestyle factors, dietary factors, etc.

In brief: Yes, well possibly
The genetics of diabetes is thought to not be an all or none genetics, but heavily influenced by environmental factors.
Type 1 diabetes is thought to have very little genetic predisposition. Type 2 diabetes is more common when parents or siblings had or have developed diabetes. However, it is heavily influenced by weight, lifestyle factors, dietary factors, etc.
Dr. Joseph Roosth
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Dr. Pamela Moore
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Sort of
Diabetes does run in families but just because you have it doesn't necessarily mean that your children will get it.
The best thing you can do is to teach them to eat healthy, exercise, and be aware of any symptoms of diabetes so that they can seek care if they develop any of them.

In brief: Sort of
Diabetes does run in families but just because you have it doesn't necessarily mean that your children will get it.
The best thing you can do is to teach them to eat healthy, exercise, and be aware of any symptoms of diabetes so that they can seek care if they develop any of them.
Dr. Pamela Moore
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
There is an increased risk of diabetes (dm) in children of dm patients.
Type ii dm, which often occurs in overweight patients, can be 'passed on' if bad eating habits, limited exercise lead to obesity in the child.

In brief: Maybe
There is an increased risk of diabetes (dm) in children of dm patients.
Type ii dm, which often occurs in overweight patients, can be 'passed on' if bad eating habits, limited exercise lead to obesity in the child.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Type one diabetes is inherited.
With a child with diabetes, your other offspring have a one in 20 chance of getting diabetes. The population at large has a 1 in 300 chance. You did not specify type one or two, so I might just add there is some genetic aspect of type two, but type two is primarily a disease of poor lifestyle choice.

In brief: Yes
Type one diabetes is inherited.
With a child with diabetes, your other offspring have a one in 20 chance of getting diabetes. The population at large has a 1 in 300 chance. You did not specify type one or two, so I might just add there is some genetic aspect of type two, but type two is primarily a disease of poor lifestyle choice.
Dr. Natalie Hodge
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Dr. Richard Roberts
Clinical Genetics
In brief: Yes and no
Diabetes type 1 is now known to be an autoimmune disease, and is not passed down.
Diabetes type two has a strong genetic component, and the risk of children developing it is significantly increased; if they learn to eat healthy and exercise to maintain physical fitness, they should avoid becoming obese.

In brief: Yes and no
Diabetes type 1 is now known to be an autoimmune disease, and is not passed down.
Diabetes type two has a strong genetic component, and the risk of children developing it is significantly increased; if they learn to eat healthy and exercise to maintain physical fitness, they should avoid becoming obese.
Dr. Richard Roberts
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Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine
In brief: Genetic Tendency
Yes and No. Type 2 diabetes is mostly a lifestyle disease.
Certain genes predispose you to developing it, but nothing is more important than lifestyle. Studies have shown that in many cases lifestyle may as well be genetic because children adopt the habits of their parents - including sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition choices, poor stress management, etc.

In brief: Genetic Tendency
Yes and No. Type 2 diabetes is mostly a lifestyle disease.
Certain genes predispose you to developing it, but nothing is more important than lifestyle. Studies have shown that in many cases lifestyle may as well be genetic because children adopt the habits of their parents - including sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition choices, poor stress management, etc.
Dr. Liesa Harte
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