Question: "I have diabetes and I am wondering if my children are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes? If so, what can I do to prevent this?"
Answer: According to the American Diabetes Association’s Clinical Practice Guidelines, individuals who have a first-degree relative with diabetes are unfortunately at a higher risk for developing diabetes.
Other risk factors include:
- Habitual physical inactivity
- History of heart disease
- History of Gestational Diabetes
- Member of a high-risk ethnic population (Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, African Americans)
- Blood pressure >140/90
- HDL Cholesterol <35
- Triglycerides >250
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Obesity (BMI >25)
My best advice to you is to be aware of the other risk factors…the ones that you can control. This is the best defense that can often help prevent or delay a diagnosis.
1.Practice a healthy lifestyle that incorporates adequate amounts of physical activity to maintain a healthy weight and prevent obesity.
2.Teach your kids how to eat well in order to keep blood pressure, HDL, and Triglycerides within normal limits.
3.Ensure your kids are seen by their physician for yearly physicals.