Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA:

Are there any special risks to a child born after the mother has developed adult onset diabetes? I'm 27 and just found out that my mother developed diabetes a year or so before I was born (not years after as I had thought). She hasn't taken care of it, and I assume this was the case during her pregnancy with me. Should I be worried?




Additional Comments from Dr. Stuart Brink:

From the limited information you've supplied, the risks to either you or to your own children when your mother (children's grandmother) has Type 2 diabetes are not very well known. In general, the genetic risks are present and most often related to obesity plus type 2 diabetes for any relatives. The grandchildren's risks would rise if you also developed diabetes as an adult and presumably also had type 2 diabetes like your mother. Nonspecific risks include obesity, hypertension, high blood lipid levels, hairiness (hirsutism) and a darkening of certain parts of the skin called acanthosis nigricans. General risks of type 2 diabetes are also being from Black, Asian, Native American or Latino families although Caucasians who are obese area also at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Your exposure during your mother's pregnancy probably does not give you or your own children added specific risk except for the general genetic risk you inherit from your mom.


Original posting 22 Aug 1999
Additional comments added 10 Oct 1999
Posted to Family Planning


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

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:06
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.