Diabetes: Passing on Health Generationally

While genetics do play a role in your health, although they are not the sole determinant, this recent study, which reviewed over 500 families in the United States and abroad, found that children of individuals with “exceptional” longevity and their spouses are less likely to develop diabetes and even have a better metabolic profile overall. Exactly what does that mean for you?

Type 1 diabetes is caused by your pancreas not making any insulin at all, while type 2 often develops due to diet and lifestyle habits, although there may be numerous other factors that contribute to the root cause of this condition. According to the study, people raised by parents who practiced good health habits and were considered to have impressive longevity were more likely to choose healthy partners. This tends to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes because their spouses were more likely to be physically active and more moderate in alcohol consumption. So choosing a spouse/partner who comes from a healthy family can have a far-reaching impact.

While you have no control over your parents’ lifestyle habits or how they raised you and certainly none over your in-laws, this was fascinating to me. Our positive habits could have more of an impact than we realized. If your parents didn’t have the best habits, you are by no means doomed to develop type 2 diabetes or any other disorder or disease. Your own choices matter the most. But the study does provoke thought.

What do you think about the possibility of your lifestyle habits possibly impacting your children’s spouses?

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10 Responses to Diabetes: Passing on Health Generationally

  1. JD Wininger says:

    Agree that heredity has a great deal to do with someone’s predisposition to health. Cancer, heart disease, etc. can all be related to our relatives. I think about Type II diabetes though and while one may be predisposed to contracting it, it is still our lifestyle choices that usher it into being. As adults, we don’t have to choose to eat the wrong foods, avoid activity, or fail to maintain a healthy weight. In most cases, those are choice we make; and every choice has a consequence. At least, so say the old fat guy with long-term Type II diabetes (albeit well-controlled) who is going blind and has a bad heart. I recognize that it was the choices I made that contributed to the results I live with. Great post Ms. Ann.

    • amusico says:

      Oh my friend you hit the nail on the head. Yes it is our long term habits that have consequences that we often end up having
      to deal with. We do the best we can with what we know at the time and with the information our doctors and other trusted
      experts give us.

  2. Ivey Rorie says:

    I think you are right. My family sure was raised with some bad habits. My Mom improved on them but there is a whole culture of foods and ways of cooking that we have had to abandon, food item by food item. It’s quite challenging. I have a cousin who has developed type II diabetes. It is sad but we could absolutely see it coming. Her kids are large with one son probably weighing 300 pounds and he is young. Again, we watched my cousin feeding him at fast food places and denying him nothing. We have tried to encourage this cousin with everything we are learning but I think the food items and the culture associated with it is too strong, too important to her. Her brothers have gained a lot of weight too. It’s the way we were raised, the culture and foods we know. It’s hard when lots and lots of the foods you grew up with are not part of a healthy diet. We develop associations w/ events and foods. Not having those items makes the event seem unrealized. So, I think it is very challenging for my family and our southern culture but somewhere in the chain, someone has to change the narrative. We have to make new mental pictures of what life looks like. I am compassionate and know how difficult it is. That is why I believe that adding good foods is more effective than eliminating bad foods. One doesn’t know what to substitute at times so the search becomes about learning to incorporate broiled fish rather than eliminating fried chicken. One has to have a viable substitute. We don’t usually even find lamb down here or game other than venison and that is usually only during deer season and not at restaurants. Only the hunters usually have it. so, the choices are limited by or lifestyle and cultural preferences. If you just say to a southerner, don’t eat pork, they won’t know how to eat. Then, don’t eat so much red meat. Well, what is left? So, the cultural back drop creates a tableau that encourages stasis rather than change. Adding foods has been an important tool for me. This year we have added cabbage. Some cultures eat a lot of cabbage but I have never known people around me to eat a lot of it except as cole slaw. And, the internet helps because we now find recipes that are foreign to our way of life but that are completely palatable. So, I totally agree w/ you that family choices and social culture make a big difference in how we think about our diets and will tend to point us in certain lifestyle paths, even unwittingly. Hence your ministry, minister to women and make life better and healthier for all.

    • amusico says:

      You drilled down on a very important point. How we are raised and the foods that are part of that become an important piece
      of our lives. I totally agree on including healthier foods rather than eliminating the not so good as the way to make the change. I always feel the more of the healthy foods you add in, the more of the not so healthy just naturally get crowded out. None of us does it perfectly and that’s ok. As long as we keep learning and improving and making better choices, it’s all good.

  3. Terry L Palmer says:

    Thanks again. Leann trying so hard to maintain control and prayer. such pleading prayers for our grandkids to not have to suffer with this, and for her health, to be healed/delivered/restored and amen for with God, nothing i

    • amusico says:

      Absolutely Terry – with God NOTHING is impossible. He hears every prayer and a grandmother’s prayers are especially
      powerful – at least I believe they are! They are young enough to begin instituting healthier habits and choices. That will make a huge difference. I am praying for Leanne as well.

  4. Debbie Wilson says:

    This is interesting. I think the stress of losing our mother at a young age and having a mean stepmother played into my sister getting type 1 Diabetes.

    • amusico says:

      That’s an interesting thought Debbie. I am no expert – I do know Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, but I would not
      disagree that the type of stress you and your sister endured at a young age could’ve contributed to the activation of that in her body.

  5. Renee Reid says:

    great article, it would be awesome if we could get folks to understand that having a family history of type 2 diabetes does not mean that you cannot fight against. Simple lifestyle changes can give us such a head start on beating this disease. Thank you sharing.

    • amusico says:

      Oh Renee, you hit the nail on the head. People think their genes doom them to certain diseases that “run” in their families,
      but your lifestyle habits are SO much more powerful in not activating those genes. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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