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Is diabetes a genetic illness? Please advise!

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
30 years experience in Endocrinology
Complex: Hi. There are rare monogenic cases of diabetes under the MODY (maturity onset diabetes of the young) classification. The more common type 2 & type 1 diabetes's have genetic influences and are also influenced by environmental factors (lifestyle, obesity, etc for type 2, and viral infection for type 1). You can't change your genes (although you can change your jeans), but you can lower type 2 risk.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016

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