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Dr. Andrew Malinchak
29 years experience Family Medicine
Diabetes hereditary?: Yes, having a family history of diabetes can raise your risk of diabetes.
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Dr. Thomas Heston
28 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes have a genetic predisposition, although other factors also frequently play an important role especially in type 2 diab ... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience Endocrinology
There is a: Definite genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes, and sometimes a minor predisposition with type 1, but they don't overlap. If you're overweight, lo ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Borookhim
24 years experience Geriatrics
Type 2 is a disease : Which is completely preventable. Stay lean, lose weight, eat wisely and exercise. You don't see thin type 2 diabetics........ So the answer is no...
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Some gene influence: While there is some gene influence, there is a greater impact of lifestyle, weight gain and level of exercise. Think of T2DM as the body growing too b ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Geffner
53 years experience Endocrinology
Yes: Both type 1 and type 2.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Dr. James Chu answered
24 years experience Endocrinology
Yes, but partially: Gestational diabetes, which is often a precursor to type 2 diabetes, has a strong hereditary genetic component. The tendency for the body to be insuli ... Read More
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Dr. Jeffrey Unger
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Lifestyle: Exercise daily for 45 minutes and plan to loose 7-10 lbs.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Fried
63 years experience Diabetology
Yes and no: The potential for type 1 diabetes is probably inherited just like everything we have is inherited. However, there needs to be some sort of trigger t ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
27 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes type 2 diabetes: If one identical twin has type 2 diabetes, it is 95 percent likely that the other twin will also develop type 2 diabetes.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Oswari
23 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: You may have a higher probability of acquiring type 2 or adult onset diabetes if you have a close relative who also has it. Fortunately, even though y ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alessandra Bertolucci
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: Check the presence of diabetes in the family: siblings, parents and grandparents as well as cousing aunt and uncle. Consider also the weight and level ... Read More

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