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What are chances of baby getting diabetes in future?

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Posted on Thu, 6 Mar 2014
Question: Hai Doctor. I am XXXX Married Last year (Feb 2013). I am a diabetic, diagnosed a day before. My HBA1C value is 9. I want to know the possibility of my child getting diabetes, baby not yet born, he / she is in the mothers stomach, 5 to 6 months old. Will the new born baby have diabetes. Kindly clarify..
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Answered by Dr. Anshul Varshney (23 minutes later)
Brief Answer: Genetic and Environmental Influences. Detailed Answer: Dear Friend. Hi , I am Dr Anshul Varshney , I have read your query in detail , I understand your concern. I must tell you that it depends on which diabetes you have - Type 1 or Type 2. Previously known as Insulin dependent Diabetes mellitus (Type 1) and Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus. Since You are young , you might be having Type 1 Diabetes. However , i will briefly summarize you about chances of your baby getting diabetes in future. Most recommended guidelines are of American Diabetic Association (ADA). Most doctors in the world go with them. I personally follow them for any information related to diabetes. I will brief you in my way what the guidelines state about genetic transmission of diabetes : 1. Type 1 Diabetes : In most cases of type 1 diabetes, people need to inherit risk factors from both parents. However , environmental influences are more in Type 1 Diabetes. An important line for you from ADA Guidelines "Type 1 diabetes is less common in people who were breastfed and in those who first ate solid foods at later ages" 2. Type 2 diabetes : It runs in families. In part, this tendency is due to children learning bad habits — eating a poor diet, not exercising — from their parents. But there is also a genetic basis. In general, if you have type 2 diabetes, the risk of your child getting diabetes is 1 in 7 if you were diagnosed before age 50 and 1 in 13 if you were diagnosed after age 50. Some scientists believe that a child's risk is greater when the parent with type 2 diabetes is the mother. If both you and your partner have type 2 diabetes, your child's risk is about 1 in 2. People with certain rare types of type 2 diabetes have different risks. If you have the rare form called maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY), your child has almost a 1-in-2 chance of getting it, too. Let me tell you frankly , that this is not a sure shot thing , on which one can comment. Lot of Factors are there. Some are modifiable , some are not. As discussed , you may opt for your child early breastfeeding and teach him/her good lifestyle habits This is my personal opinion based on details available here. If you still have any query you may please ask me. Stay Healthy. Dr Anshul Varshney , MD
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Greetings for the day. Kindly suggest me the list of healthy friuts & Vegetables which will be available in india.(Considering my HBA1C value is 9). Is it advicable to take Almond nuts in the morning & night (5 nuts each time). What should be my food habits to lower the sugar level? Regards XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Anshul Varshney (4 hours later)
Brief Answer: Detail Follows Detailed Answer: Welcome Again. Ideally you should consult a dietician who can prepare a diabetic food chart for you based on your activities and body weight. In general you should avoid following things : 1. Sugar and Sugar containing items like sweets. 2. Fruits like Banana , Papaya , Mango. 3. Moderated rice consumption. 4. Trans fat containing substances , limited oil consumption. 5. You should exercise daily. I would suggest you to get your Lipid profile too. Regarding almonds , you can take them but should not be salted or roasted in oil. Get your self medications for diabetes. You really need to work hard on it. If you don't have a further query you my please close the discussion and Rate it. Stay Healthy
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Brief Answer: Genetic and Environmental Influences. Detailed Answer: Dear Friend. Hi , I am Dr Anshul Varshney , I have read your query in detail , I understand your concern. I must tell you that it depends on which diabetes you have - Type 1 or Type 2. Previously known as Insulin dependent Diabetes mellitus (Type 1) and Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus. Since You are young , you might be having Type 1 Diabetes. However , i will briefly summarize you about chances of your baby getting diabetes in future. Most recommended guidelines are of American Diabetic Association (ADA). Most doctors in the world go with them. I personally follow them for any information related to diabetes. I will brief you in my way what the guidelines state about genetic transmission of diabetes : 1. Type 1 Diabetes : In most cases of type 1 diabetes, people need to inherit risk factors from both parents. However , environmental influences are more in Type 1 Diabetes. An important line for you from ADA Guidelines "Type 1 diabetes is less common in people who were breastfed and in those who first ate solid foods at later ages" 2. Type 2 diabetes : It runs in families. In part, this tendency is due to children learning bad habits — eating a poor diet, not exercising — from their parents. But there is also a genetic basis. In general, if you have type 2 diabetes, the risk of your child getting diabetes is 1 in 7 if you were diagnosed before age 50 and 1 in 13 if you were diagnosed after age 50. Some scientists believe that a child's risk is greater when the parent with type 2 diabetes is the mother. If both you and your partner have type 2 diabetes, your child's risk is about 1 in 2. People with certain rare types of type 2 diabetes have different risks. If you have the rare form called maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY), your child has almost a 1-in-2 chance of getting it, too. Let me tell you frankly , that this is not a sure shot thing , on which one can comment. Lot of Factors are there. Some are modifiable , some are not. As discussed , you may opt for your child early breastfeeding and teach him/her good lifestyle habits This is my personal opinion based on details available here. If you still have any query you may please ask me. Stay Healthy. Dr Anshul Varshney , MD