Wellness Wednesday: Family History & Diabetes
Do you have a family history of diabetes?
Personally, I have a deep family history of diabetes on both sides of my family. On my mother’s side, our history of diabetes went as far as my great-great grandmother dying at a very young age of 17 of a complication related to diabetes. My great grandmother also had diabetes and passed away from complications at age 54. Both of my paternal grandmothers had diabetes. Then my dad, my late oldest sister and I. However, I am the only one with a slow form of type 1 diabetes that we know of. I would have never known about my type 2 misdiagnosis if it wasn’t for the medical advancements and services that we have available today.
Unfortunately, my great and great-great grandmothers did not have access to proper medical care.
There were no endocrinologists, diabetes educators or diabetes-related nonprofit organizations accessible nor affordable. During those times, my family had limited income and large families. My family members were doing all they could to survive and take care of their families. Even though we have a long way to go, there’s no doubt in my mind that the advancements that we have now would have kept both of my family members alive!
My colleague, Diane shares some of her family history and and recounts stories on how diabetes care was different, especially during the 1970’s:
Family History and Diabetes: We've Come a Long Way, Baby:
❓Do you have a similar story?
❓If so, what differences have you noticed about diabetes care between that time and now?
Share your experiences in the comments 👇🏾
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