You’ve probably heard the saying that, “Diabetes runs in families.” It is true. If we inherit type 2 diabetes genes from our parents we are more likely to develop diabetes ourselves. We can’t change the genes we get from our parents. However, there is another big reason that diabetes runs in families. We learn to eat and exercise from our families. This we can change!
“People in the same household tend to eat similar foods and to be either active or inactive. Children who learn from their parents how to eat healthy foods and to be active will have a decreased risk for diabetes, even if diabetes runs in the family.” Source: Complete Diabetes Guide (2020).
This is powerful to know. It means that if you have diabetes and you are a parent, you can make changes that will benefit you and your children. Complete Diabetes Guide has a full chapter on Preschoolers to Teenagers, including stories.