Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From America On-Line:

My mother and two of her brothers have Type 2 diabetes. My husband's father and two of his sisters (my husband's aunts) also have Type 2 diabetes. Is our son more at risk for Type 1 diabetes because it runs in our family? Is he more at risk for Type 2 diabetes?


The risk of a child developing type 1 diabetes in a family with Type 2 diabetes should be about the same as any other individual, and I would think it would not be increased. On the other hand, the risk of this child developing type 2 diabetes later in life would be definitely increased, perhaps to about a 50% chance when middle-aged or elderly, and would be even more likely if obese.

The Risk of Developing Type 1 Diabetes is discussed at The Risk of Developing Type 1 Diabetes. Also, see other questions we've previously answered about Genetics and Heredity.


Original posting 8 Jul 1998
Posted to Genetics and Heredity


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:58
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.