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Is diabetes a genetic illness? please advise!

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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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.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me is diabetes a genetic illness?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Yes: Type i diabetes is an autoimmune disease with a genetic component. Type ii is a polygenic disorder that can be slowed down by a healthy lifestyle. Neither is a simple mendelian genetic disease. I hope both you and your instructor understand this -- most diseases have a genetic component, and relatively few are one-gene diseases.

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