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A 36-year-old member asked:

if i have grave's disease. am i more at risk of getting diabetes?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Maybe: Graves' disease and type 1 diabetes are both auto-immune disorders, in which the immune system makes antibodies that attack your own proteins, and cause the cells to malfunction. Having one auto-immune disorder can increase your risk of having another slightly. Since type 2 diabetes (the most common form) is not an auto-immune disorder, someone with graves; is not at increased risk for it.
Dr. David Brouwer
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Graves is an autoimmune disease and increases your risk of other autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

If I have grave's disease am I more at risk of getting diabetes or other endo disorder?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Mild increased risk: Graves' disease is an autoimmune condition, in which the immune system makes antibodies that target one's own proteins. Having one autoimmune condition does increase the risk of developing another, including type 1 diabetes, or addison's disease (hypoadrenalism) by about 10-20% compared to someone with no known autoimmune disorders.
A 41-year-old member asked:

If I have grave's disease am I also more at risk of getting diabetes?

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
Pediatric Endocrinology 42 years experience
Yes: Diabetes type 1 is a glandular autoimmune disorder( you make antibodies against your glans) like graves disease . When you have one you are more at risk to get a second one.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What kinds of diabetes is there?

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
Pediatric Endocrinology 42 years experience
It changes: At present the classification of diabetes is relatively rigid: type 1, auto immunity to islet cells (the producers of insulin) type 2, Insulin resistance, you make Insulin but do not respond to it, most common and tied to obesity and pre-disposing genes. Other types: not well defined between 1 and 2.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How does diabetes develop?

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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Genetic / lifestyle: It can be a genetic condition over which you do not have control. You can also decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy diet low in simple sugars, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Would like to have explanation. Diabetes is what type of disease?

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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Metabolic: It is a endocrine disease. The medical specialty that focuses on this category of diseases is endocrinology.

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