Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
November 26, 2000
Genetics and Heredity
Question from :
I am a 21 year old who wants to get married but am worried because my partner has type 2 diabetes. I am concerned about my child getting it. Is that possible and what are the statistics?
The risk of developing type 2 diabetes depends on the incidence patterns of background normal population. This is strongly influenced by genetic basis as well as genetic admixtures. For type 2, one out of 9 Americans will develop it, and almost all develop it in middle age. Liberal consumption of calories and a sedentary rather than vigorous level of activity, sometimes called a Westernized lifestyle, is considered an important reason why type 2 is so common in the US. In the US, blacks, Mexican Americans and Native Americans have higher incidences than Caucasians. Type 2 is less common in these populations if they live in places non-Westernized lifestyles. The risk for a child born to a type 2 diabetic father is around double the general population’s risk.