Curious about dx after 50

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?

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 :)

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?

Diagnosed T1 at 53. No diabetes in my family, except for a great great aunt who was T2 in her senior years. She controlled it with diet & lived to a healthy old age.

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.

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.

Dx T1 at 50. Family history: aunts and uncles. MDI for now, on the fence about a pump.

Diagnosed T2 at 59 but I now know I had it for quite some time before. T2 on my maternal side.

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 T1 at the age of 59; coming up on my third anniversary in January. I had one T1 uncle.


Darn interesting question, what with two T1 kids. Surely someone on this board – whose kids were dx’d T1 – was dx’d LADA?

My family didn’t have a speck of T1 history, but it’s riddled with T2s. My T1 dx came six weeks after turning 49 and slightly more than two years after dx as T2; I was actually relieved because I finally had an explanation for why the diet and exercise changes I’d adopted as a T2 just weren’t making a difference. As for where it came from my school of thought runs toward the viral connection, having had facial shingles at 29 (ouch…)

Judith, do you remember the kinectic toy that was five steel balls suspended from a wooden frame? If you pulled back one, two or three then let them go, they would strike the remaining suspended balls and create an opposite reaction of either one, two or three at the other end.

That's how MY planets have aligned...

So does this come down to 'what caused it?

Meeting with a new doctor here, told him I have type 2 (diagnosed years ago) and added that I have haemachromatosis (iron overload) and this possibly caused it ...

To my surprise he said, 'now that changes everything. that completely changes my attitude to you.' So if it was my fault (caused by obesity perhaps) ... what was he going to do? But as this wasn't really my fault, maybe even caused my obesity ... well that's different, he was willing to be nice to me.

Heamachromatosis, in theory, affects 1 in 300 of 'northern European' genetic extraction. As a fair-skinned caucasian, that puts me in the box.
When I was in the UK I went to a clinic to check my ferretin levels, and they were so excited to see me, and couldn't believe that (in Australia) I had already been tested and was aware of my condition. They said they are expecting to find a lot of people with the condition, but unaware of it, and displaying in in ways such as diabetes which it can cause. They go to diabetes clinics to find people with it - but it hasn't been turning out as they expected.

Anyway, the point is, people over 50 with haemachromatosis tend to have quite a build up of iron (especially women past menopause), and this can initiate diabetes ... apparently.

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.