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Are Native Americans More Likely Than The Average American To Get Diabetes
Yes: But is due to the environment more than genetics. Pima indians in the se us have a close to 50% incidence. Their blood relatives living in mexico about 3%. ...Read more
Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more
Predisposition: Type 1 diabetes is rare in native american populations, however type 2 diabetes is a much more significant problem with a prevalence about 16% of adults. The causes are: genetic predisposition, obesity, diet change. Native americans are about 2.8 times more likely to have type ii diabetes than white individuals of comparable age (joslins diabetes 2005). ...Read more
Remote @ age 46: Type 1 dm or diabetes related to total loss of Insulin production is common to kids but rare in adults. An infection trigger with loss of islet cell Insulin production is the primary cause & most adults have experienced & developed immunity to the likely viral agents. It might happen, but you are more likely to suffer a major injury in a car crash than develop type 1 dm at your age. ...Read more
If I already have hypothyroidism, addison's disease, raynaud's disease and vitiligo is it likely that I will get diabetes also?
Yes: While it is not likely that you will get diabetes, you do have a higher chance of getting diabetes. There is a condition called "polyglandular syndrome" which include: hashimoto's thyroid disease (hypothyroidism), addison's disease and type 1 diabetes. You already have hypothyroidism and addison's disease, so you should be followed closely for the development of diabetes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Genes and food: For the majority of diabetics (those with type 2), it's a combination of genetic predisposition and being overweight. It can also sometimes be causes by medications like steroids and some psych drugs, pancreatic surgery or pancreatitis. It's not entirely clear why people get type 1 diabetes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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