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.
January 2, 2001
Genetics and Heredity
Question from Bay Minette, Alabama, USA:
My father was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was five. I had heard the myth about diabetes skipping a generation and am worried about my two year old son. After reading some of the questions and answers listed, I now know that I do not have to be as worried. However, when I expressed my concerns to my son's doctor, he told me that type 1 diabetes was not hereditary and they thought it was linked more to a viral infection. Is this true? Should I still ask him to test my son, if nothing more than to allay my fears? Is there any way for me to test his urine myself? It's not just me that is worried. My mother and aunt both seem a bit paranoid that my son may inherit this dreaded disease.
There are many factors that may be involved with getting diabetes including hereditary and environmental factors. No one yet knows exactly what causes diabetes. Testing for diabetes is inexpensive and can be done through your son’s pediatrician’s office.