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What are the chances of my child getting type 2 diabetes if I have it?

Type 2 diabetes runs in families. In part, this tendency is due to children learning bad habits, such as eating a poor diet or 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 one in seven if you were diagnosed before age 50 and one 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 one in two.

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 one in two chance of getting it, too.

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