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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.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Bad diet : Adult onset diabetes is very preventable. Excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake cause high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise. Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of Insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Eventually you will have full blown diabetes.
Dr. Stuart Seigel
Endocrinology 13 years experience
Broad question: Thats a broad question. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. It is only 30% genetic. Type 2 diabetes is 80% genetic. It starts off with insulin resistance. The body just makes more insulin initially but eventually it cant keep up and the blood sugars start to rise. With a genetic predisposition if one eats processed sugars, becomes overweight and does not exercise type 2 diabetes may set in.

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Can I develop diabetes over time?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
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Yes: Adult onset diabetes can develop over time - it typically develops in the 50s and 60s, but can present itself earlier in those more genetically predisposed or in the overweight.
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Can hypoglycemia develop into diabetes?

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Family Medicine 10 years experience
Hyper, no hypo: *hyper*glycemia is a symptom of pre-diabetes and eventually diabetes. *hypo*glycemia can be caused by taking too much Insulin to treat diabetes but can caused by fasting and can also be a medication side effect.
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Dr. Alvin Fried commented
Diabetology 64 years experience
There is one school of thought that believes that a condition called "reactive hypoglycemia" or a hypoglyc emic dip about three to four hours after a sugar load, is actually a precursor to diabetes. The jury is still out on this, but I haver had patients who were diabetic that reversed to a situation of reactive hypoglycemia by strict diet and exercise.
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