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Can diabetes be passed down to your children?

Can diabetes be passed down to your children?

Yes, well possibly: The genetics of diabetes is thought to not be an all or none genetics, but heavily influenced by environmental factors. Type 1 diabetes is thought to have very little genetic predisposition. Type 2 diabetes is more common when parents or siblings had or have developed diabetes. However, it is heavily influenced by weight, lifestyle factors, dietary factors, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

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


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What are the chances of diabetes type 1 being passed down to a child?

What are the chances of diabetes type 1 being passed down to a child?

Not big: Having type 1 dm in the family certainly increases risk for your children. Studies done years ago show that a child has a higher risk of developing diabetes if a sibling has it rather than if a parent has it. Environment and diet have a profound affect on us and are more important than genes...So take care of yourself and as a filly eat a healthful diet. ...Read more

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How to mitigate risk of genetic diabetes?

How to mitigate risk of genetic diabetes?

Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes mellitus is caused by a combination of varying degrees of insulin resistance/deficiency. Its occurrence is multifactorial: genetic and environmental factors. The most striking environmental risk factors in most patients who develop type 2 diabetes are increased weight gain and decreased physical activity, each of which increases the risk of diabetes. ...Read more

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Is diabetes a genetic illness? Please advise!

Is diabetes a genetic illness? Please advise!

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. ...Read more

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Is diabetes a genetic trait?

Is diabetes a genetic trait?

Traits: With genomics continuing to advance we will be able to asses risk by looking at many genes because diabetes as many other illnesses are a combination of regulatory genes (those who turn off and on), promoter genes and accelerating genes and many others that are still being discovered. In summary not a singlle trait but a combination of many. ...Read more

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Is diabetes genetic?

Is diabetes genetic?

Yes: Type 2 diabetes is well know to run in families but type 1 diabetes does as well. Epidemiologic data shows that 1 in 400-500 people in the general population develops type 1 diabetes, but 1 in 20 people are at risk if a parent, sibling, or child has type 1 diabetes. However, research shows that genes don't tell the whole story and it suggests that unknown environmental factors also contribute. ...Read more

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Is diabetes always genetic?

Is diabetes always genetic?

In a way: There are genetic and environmental factors. Genetic factors make you vulnerable to the disease but environmental factors seem to be what trigger the disease to manifest. For type 1 diabetes, some exposure triggers susceptible people's immune system to attack the cells that make insulin. For type 2 diabetes, weight gain in a genetically susceptible person creates resistance to the body's insulin. ...Read more

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What is diabetes is it genetic thing?

What is diabetes is it genetic thing?

genes plus environmt: There is a genetic influence, actually stronger with type 2 (vs type 1) diabetes. But this genetic influence is brought out by obesity and lack of exercise. Type 1 involves a susceptibility to destruction of Insulin producing cells in pancreas. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is diabetes a genetic illness?

Can you tell me is diabetes a genetic illness?

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. ...Read more

Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more