By Karen Fernandez
So you just discovered that your dad has Diabetes Type 2. So does your grandma. And now you have all these questions running in your head. Could it be that Diabetes Type 2 is hereditary? Does it skip a generation? Is there any way of making sure it skips you?
Can’t really blame you for being concerned. Type 2 Diabetes, although milder than Diabetes Type 1, can still cause major health complications. The list includes eyesight and hearing impairment, skin conditions, kidney failure, nerve damage, heart diseases, and stroke.
And yes, sad to say, this medical problem is indeed hereditary. It has a strong link to family history and lineage. A group of genes that can lead to Type 2 can be passed down from mothers and fathers to their children, but not all the children will develop those genes into the disease. Genes alone isn’t enough. What you actually inherit is the predisposition to Diabetes Type 2 –and then something in your environment triggers it. Say, if you have the genes and you have not exercised a minute in your entire life, you’d be more likely to develop diabetes. If bad eating habits run in the family, that puts you in danger of developing this life-long disease as well.