If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you know that I have quite a history of diabetes in my family. (Beauty, intelligence, and, of course, wit, are also prevailing family traits).
I thought I’d document the history (but leave names out to protect the innocent):
The people within the circles have diabetes. I’m in the second row, #3 from the left (so 4 of 6 siblings are diabetic, 3 T1D, 1 T2D).
Of these 4 generations, 10 out of 21 relatives have diabetes. My nephew’s 20-month old son was just diagnosed T1D.
So what does this mean?
- I fear that my children will be receive the dreaded diabetes diagnosis.
- My family is really, really sweet.
- It’s kind of funny when we all get together, all the paraphernalia we have to carry with us and use.
- A family that’s diabetic together, (finger) sticks together?
I personally would like to understand the genetics of diabetes better. According to the ADA web site:
- In most cases of T1D, people need to inherit risk factors from both parents. These factors must be more common in whites because whites have the highest rate of T1D.
- T2D has a stronger link to family history and lineage than type 1, although it too depends on environmental factors.
- In general, if you are a man with T1D, the odds of your child developing diabetes are 1 in 17.
- If you are a woman with T1D and your child was born before you were 25, your child’s risk is 1 in 25; if your child was born after you turned 25, your child’s risk is 1 in 100.
Both my children were born after I was 30, so hopefully that’s one positive factor in their favor.
Anyway, wouldn’t it be cool if IBM Watson chugged on and analyzed all the diabetic big data that I know is out there and help come up with a cure for this disease (or at least better ways to manage it). While we’re building that Smarter Planet, let’s build a Smarter Diabetic.
What’s your family history? Comment and let me know – I’d love to hear from you. Remember, we’re all in this together – we’re the “types” that bind.