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how many of you have been diagnosed late, like 50...? do you have diabetes in your family? are my chances (not really good choice of word, really) higher if I have two kids with type 1, but no other history in the family?

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diagnosed T1 at 50 (this year). No history of diabetes on either side of the family.
My dad got it in his mid 50's. He was on pills for a few years but it got to a point where he needed insulin. He adapted rather well but then again he doesn't really feel like hell from the sugar swings. Plus on top of that he lives very structured anyway. He's now 72. It runs on his side of the family.
Diagnosed at age 55....no known history of diabetes running in family....although doc said it was most assuredly inherited...
I was diagnosed at 54 with Type 1. I'm 60 now and things are going ok. I have a pump and find it great. My maternal grandmother had Type 1 and my niece got it when she was 17. Don't know if there are any statistics on your situation.
how many of you have been diagnosed late, like 50...? do you have diabetes in your family?

I was 55 when I was diagnosed with type 2. I was not aware of any family history at that time, but I have discovered a lot since.

are my chances (not really good choice of word, really) higher if I have two kids with type 1, but no other history in the family?

I know you're serious, so please forgive me, but I couldn't help immediately thinking of this old bumper sticker:

Insanity is hereditary!

I got it from my kids!

I suggest you have a closer look at your grand-parents than your kids - but I applaud you for still being sane (and for looking after them) with two T1 kids :)

What are your parameters for being sane? mine are markedly wider than most people, and that was the case even before T1 entered our lives.I think that is why I never (almost) freaked out about it.

Parameters for sanity? Totally subjective and based on my own standards :)

Sometimes I'm like the soldier at the passing-out parade whose proud mum points out is the only one in step.

Cheers, Alan, T2, Australia

Everything in Moderation - Except Laughter

I was diagnosed with T2 at 70 yo. I wasn't sane for a while but have since regained sanity! Good luck.
I was diagnosed with Type 1 at 49-1/2. My dad was diagnosed with Type 1 in his mid-30s. Two cousins on my mom's side were diagnosed with Type 1 in their teens. I'm not aware of any Type 2 on either my mom's or dad's sides of the family.
I guess you wouldn't consider me dx'd late at 38 years young. I'm only T1 in my family. For sure, the term "juvenile diabetes" should be ushered out the door.

Why are you asking? Are you dx'd or fearing you might be?
I was reading the post of someone who was just dxed at age 50 and it made me realized that my kids' endo was quite wrong when she told me I was "safe" when I asked if I was at risk after my second son was dxed 5 years ago. and I am curious. I get mild hypos once in a while, so I know my pancreas is quirky and I am worried, not dramatically, but enough to ask and be on the alert.

I wonder if people diagnosed as Type 1 at older ages (let's say 18+) have different genes involved than those who are diagnosed at younger ages (under 18). I see a lot of people with multiple Type 1s in the same family where everyone was diagnosed as a kid or teenager, and others where everyone was diagnosed as an adult. Maybe that might explain the differences in insulin production, etc. as well.

I was diagnosed at age 9 and have absolutely no diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2) anywhere in my immediate or extended family.




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