Friday, November 5: “Friends & Family Friday” – Research shows that diabetes has a genetic component: Who in your family or circle of friends has diabetes?
I've already mentioned several times about my genetic connection with diabetes. My mom has Type 2 as did her father. I don't blame either one of them for my diabetes anymore than I blame them for my mousy brown hair (hmm, I think that actually came from my dad's side). Like my hair color, I have a choice if I want to do something about it. For a while I highlighted my hair, though now I have more natural highlights. Actually I call them hairs lacking pigment. However, unlike my hair, the choices I make about my diabetes affect my life and health. Also in my family, though not genetically related are my father-in-law with Type 2, my husband's aunt with Type 1, and a couple other aunts and uncles with Type 2.
Yes, I have several friends with diabetes, Type 1 and 2. Some of them I met before diabetes and some of them I met because of it. Honestly, diabetes ties us closer together. It's almost like a family.