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Type 2 Diabetes: Does It Run In Your Family?

Updated on November 29, 2015

What Are My Chances of Developing Type II Diabetes?

According to Healthline: you have a one in seven (14.2%) chance of developing diabetes if one of your parents was diagnosed before age 50, a one in thirteen (7.6%) chance if one of your parents was diagnosed after age 50, and a one in two (50%) chance if both of your parents is diagnosed with diabetes.

There are generally three types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes.

The most common symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Frequent Urination
  • Extreme Thirst
  • Extreme Hunger
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Blurred Vision
  • Cuts or Bruises Slow to Heal
  • Tingling, Pain or Numbness in Hands or Feet
  • Unexplained Weight Loss

Numerous studies are available to help anyone with questions about symptoms, probability of developing Type II diabetes, how to minimize your risk, and in general how to take care of yourself:

Type 1 Diabetes is when you experience insulin deficiency. Your pancreas simply does not produce the insulin needed to properly metabolize the sugars in your bloodstream. For the rest of your life, you will have to supply your body with the correct amount of insulin. According to, if you have a parent with Type I diabetes you were probably born with this deficiency. In some people the condition is not identified for several years.

Type 2 Diabetes is also called insulin resistance. This type of diabetes can sometimes be controlled by eating the proper diet, and sometimes by taking a medication rather than using insulin injections. Your pancreas produces insulin, but your cells simply don't absorb and utilize insulin effectively anymore. Type 2 diabetes develops over time and can actually be reversed by following diet and exercise regimens, although the longer you allow the condition to linger the more permanent the damage can be to your organs and body systems. This condition may also be genetic.

My good friend purchased a natural supplement to help her husband’s prostate when it became enlarged. He is a Type 2 diabetic and takes medication as part of his daily routine. The supplement was Herbal Prostate Combo from Swanson Vitamins, containing Saw Palmetto, Pygeum Africanum and Stinging Nettle. After beginning the supplement his high blood sugar levels came down enough so that he had to adjust his medication downward to keep his blood sugar levels from becoming too low. My friend did a little research and discovered that Stinging Nettle has been documented as an herb that has positive effects on blood sugar management. Although his blood sugar still fluctuates based on his daily diet and activity level, he has had good results with the supplement (his prostate trouble has seen improvement as well). My friend's sister sent her an article on alpha lipoic acid for lowering blood sugar, and she told me she was going to try adding it to the mix to see if it will also help. I’ll let you know how it goes.

On a more drastic note, Dr. C. Norman Shealy wrote a book: Life Beyond 100- Secrets of The Fountain of Youth. In it he recommends an alternative diet that he claims will cure Type 2 diabetes. The diet consists of all you can eat of white rice, canned sweetened fruit and a daily vitamin containing the recommended daily allowances. He does state this is an extreme and difficult diet recommended mainly for the massively obese and for people with high blood pressure and should only be done under medical supervision.

Some natural supplements used in controlling diabetes include aloe juice, apple pectin, black cohosh, celery seed, dandelion, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, ginseng, marshmallow root, psyllium, raspberry, sage (drunk as an infusion on an empty stomach) and turmeric. If you decide to try adding any of these supplements to your daily intake, talk to your doctor about them and keep a close eye on your sugar levels.

If Type 2 diabetes runs in your family, you may think you have no choice in whether or not you develop this condition. This is not necessarily true. If you educate yourself on the causes of family conditions (poor eating and exercise habits?), you can stay ahead of them by making the right personal health decisions. If you know that obesity, high cholesterol and a sedentary lifestyle led to diabetes for your parents and/or grandparents, taking preventive dietary and exercise choices for yourself before the condition presents itself is the smart thing to do and will pay off with good health down the road.

Diabetic Food Choices

As diabetes has been studied over the years, it has been reported that the carbohydrate structure of the foods you eat is a key factor in blood sugar control. Foods that have the best blood sugar conversion rate are the ones that break down slowly to glucose in your bloodstream. They contain complex carbohydrates, are low on the glycemic index chart and are definitely a necessity for leveling the blood sugar playing field. The longer it takes to digest, the less the food raises blood sugar levels as it is converted to glucose at a slower and more absorb-able rate. Simple carbohydrate foods (honey, sugar, potatoes) break down quickly to glucose in your blood, complex carbohydrate foods (oatmeal, brown rice, lentils) take longer for the glucose conversion and give your body more time to assimilate the sugars. Some examples of low glycemic index foods are spinach, turnip greens, zucchini, celery, broccoli, lettuce, snow peas, cauliflower, green beans and tomatoes. If you notice, these foods are also whole, nutrient-dense foods. Those are the best kind for the diabetic (or anyone’s) diet.

Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight inflammation, are also excellent dietary choices for diabetics. Inflammation has been linked to the development of diabetes and other degenerative conditions. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in such foods as tuna, salmon and other coldwater fish, flaxseed and walnuts, to name a few.


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      Mary Green 

      8 years ago from Alabama

      Thanks for taking a look, sikreto! I checked out your site and your hubs- lots of good information there...I hope you'll visit me at my health and wellness site at and tell me what you think!!

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      8 years ago

      Nice post lacylinks! My grandma is actually a diabetic patient. She has the insulin-dependent one. I hope i won't get it too, since it can run in our family. Anyway thanks a lot for your information. If you are not busy, you as well want to visit my site ( medical information site) at see you there lacy!


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