Does Diabetes Skip a Generation?

Many people have diabetes and want to have children; however, they wonder does diabetes skip a generation? Does diabetes skip a generation has been a long-asked question and it is actually a myth. Diabetes does not skip a generation. In fact, there are quite a few myths about diabetes including skipping a generation.

Diabetes and Skipping Generations

Not everyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes inherits the illness. Some people who are diagnosed with diabetes may have no relatives who have it while the next person who is diagnosed may have several family members with diabetes.

Diabetes does not skip a generation either. You are not more likely to get it from your mother or father. It doesn’t matter if either parent has it. No one is more at fault for you to be diagnosed with diabetes. It depends on your genes and your lifestyle to whether or not you have diabetes. Plus, it does not come from eating too much sugar!

Other Diabetic Myths

  1. People with diabetes cannot eat carrots because they are high in sugar.

People who are diagnosed with diabetes are told not to eat a lot of sugar. Vegetables, including carrots, contain carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are part of a healthy diet and actually provide energy to the body. All carbohydrates are going to affect your blood sugar the same. This does not matter if you are eating bread, vegetables, or regular sugar. Three cups of uncooked carrots will raise a person’s blood sugar the same as a slice of bread.

  1. If you have borderline diabetes you do not have to worry.

Borderline diabetes is a myth. You either a. have diabetes, b. pre-diabetes, or c. no diabetes. If you have a fasting blood sugar of over 126 you are considered diabetic if it happens on more than one occasion. A reading of 110-125 is considered pre-diabetes.  If you have pre-diabetes it means you have a strong risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

  1. I cannot do anything to keep myself from getting diabetes.

You actually can prevent diabetes at any age. Losing a decent amount of weight and being active can delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. If you are overweight even losing five percent of your body fat can help. Exercising moderately for about 150 minutes a week is going to significantly help you prevent diabetes.

  1. I do not have to worry about my children being diagnosed with diabetes until they are adults.

It is a fact that more and more young people are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This is caused from a combination of things including; being overweight, getting less exercise, and of course, heredity. You are able to help your child prevent diabetes by encouraging them to exercise and keep active as well as helping their diet. Keeping your child at a reasonable weight will benefit them in the long run.

 There are many myths surrounding diabetes, however, diabetes does not skip generations. It is not likely that you are going to get it from one parent or the other. You will simply get it when you are born from your genes or if you are diagnosed later on in life, your lifestyle.