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Doctor insights on: Family History Of Diabetes

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Is a family medical history important? 

Is a family medical history important? 

VERY VERY IMPORTANT: Dear bgonzalez, i feel that family history is at least 50% of a patient's evaluation. I still believe that family genetics is greater than 50%, perhaps 70% of my focus on a patients's potentially preventable disease. If there is breast cancer in the family at an early age-more attention to early diagnostic testing is appropriate. Myriad now has certain tests available. See their website, . ...Read more

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Family History (Definition)

A family history consists of information about disorders suffered by the relatives of a patient. The history can help the patient identify diseases that he or she may be susceptible to, and help the patient to ...Read more


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Does family history of diabetes or endo disorder cause polycystic ovaries?

Does family history of diabetes or endo disorder cause polycystic ovaries?

Increases risk: Pcos is a disorder of Insulin resistance just like type 2 diabetes. Women with a family history of diabetes are at increased risk of developing pcos. ...Read more

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What are the predisposing factors in gestational diabetes mellitus?

What are the predisposing factors in gestational diabetes mellitus?

Weight/Genetics: Diabetes often runs in families, and 70% of women with gestational diabetes will get diabetes later in life. Major risks include obesity (body mass index >30), older maternal age, past history of gestational diabetes, and ethnicity (african americans, native americans, south asia/india, hispanic, pacific islanders, and some from the caribbean). Be sure to get re-tested 6-12 weeks after delivery. ...Read more

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Slightly elevated BP low cholesterol and glucose. No family history. Smoke, regular alcohol, caffeine. No family history. Will good genes prevail ?

Slightly elevated BP low cholesterol and glucose. No family history. Smoke, regular alcohol, caffeine. No family history. Will good genes prevail ?

Why tempt fate?: Slightly elevated blood pressure does materially increase the work of heart. Losing weight may help. Neither tobacco nor alcohol are doing you any good. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What is the genetic risk of having a gestational diabetes mellitus?

What is the genetic risk of having a gestational diabetes mellitus?

Depends on Risks: The risk relates to obesity (body mass index>30) or being >110% of ideal body weight, family history of diabetes, ethnic group (eg, hispanic-american, african-american, native american, south or east asian, pacific islander), age >25, history of a baby >9 lbs, maternal birthweight >9lbs (or <6). The one you can control is weight, so work with your doctor if it's too high. ...Read more

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What causes heart disease in people without a family history of the condition?

What causes heart disease in people without a family history of the condition?

Heart disease: Familial disease is only one category of disease. Acquired heart disease has infectious, metabolic, toxic, immunologic, oncologic, endocrine and other causes. ...Read more

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Is there any way to prevent myself from developing diabetes (i have a family history of diabetes)?

Is there any way to prevent myself from developing diabetes (i have a family history of diabetes)?

No absolutes: Keep your weight down, fitness level up and stay away from simple sugars. You can probably delay onset at least but how big an effect genetics will have cannot be predicted yet. ...Read more

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Is a person with family history or mental illness at higher risk of developing an addiction?

Is a person with family history or mental illness at higher risk of developing an addiction?

Depends on MI: Many mental illnesses tend to "run true, " so having a schizophrenic relative increases your risk for schizophrenia. However, a number of illness (e.g., depression, anxiety, conduct disorders, adhd) all may increase one's risk for substance abuse because of increased impulsivity and life dissatisfaction. Fh of alcoholism and/or substance abuse definitely increase one's risk. ...Read more

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Other than immediate family members (mother father brother sister) should any other family member's medical history be taken in consideration as well?

Other than immediate family members (mother father brother sister) should any other family member's medical history be taken in consideration as well?

Grandparents too!: When considering close family history, i also want to include grandparents. Although uncles, aunts, cousins may not be as important, include their information if you have it. ...Read more

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Please explain why people of ethnic backgrounds have higher risk of diabetes?

Please explain why people of ethnic backgrounds have higher risk of diabetes?

Observational Data: Most medical data is observational, on the first step toward possible understanding yet always limited by sampling issues & group sizes. Yet conclusions from observational data are often misleading. Presumably the differences are due to a combination of beliefs, behaviors, foods, eating & activity patterns, possibly also genes, no one really knows, still theories. Study science for smart people. ...Read more

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Gestational diabetes mellitus--what are risk factors or causes?

Weight/Family Hist.: Obesity is a major risk for any diabetes. The other factor is genetics. There are many women of asian descent who have a normal weight (and body mass index), but develop gestational or regular diabetes. Obesity is one that people can modify though. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors associated with gestational diabetes?

What are the risk factors associated with gestational diabetes?

Many: Diabetes can affect the developing baby throughout the pregnancy. In early pregnancy, a mother's diabetes can result in birth defects and an increased rate of miscarriage. Many of the birth defects that occur affect major organs such as the brain and heart. During the 2nd & 3rd trimester, a mother's diabetes can lead to over-nutrition & excess growth of the baby. ...Read more

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Family history of breast cancer. Should i get brca testing?

Family history of breast cancer. Should i get brca testing?

Depends: Many people have a distant relative who had breast cancer late in life and that is not an indication for brca testing. There are certain criteria like very young breast cancer, male breast cancer, triple negative breast cancer before age 60, and others. Visit your family doc or gyn to see if you need a referral to a genetics health professional for testing. ...Read more

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Family history of colon cancer. Do I start seeing GI before or at age parent diagnosed?

Family history of colon cancer. Do I start seeing GI before or at age parent diagnosed?

Earlier colonoscopy: If you have a significant family history of colon cancer, you would start your colonoscopy 10 years earlier than the age of the youngest family members diagnosed with colon cancer. Significant history - if there are multiple family members with colon ca; if a very young age of diagnosis of colon ca in some family members; diagnoses of other, associated cancers in family members. ...Read more

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Supposing you have only 1 person with diabetes in a very large family, is this considered family history of diabetes?

Yes: As, for examples , other non-diabetic patients in family, may not have inherited the gene, or if have gene didn't get obese. ...Read more

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If my family medical history contains diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, rhomatide, kidney stones, calcium, what are my chances of getting those.

If my family  medical history contains diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, rhomatide, kidney stones, calcium, what are my chances of getting those.

At risk: You are at higher risk compared to others who don't have similar family history. However, you can decrease the risk by following a low-sodium, low-fat, and low-carb diet. Generally, a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, legumes/nuts, poultry, and fish. Also, maintaining weight close to your ideal body weight can help as well. ...Read more

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What causes arthritis in people without a family history of the condition?

What causes arthritis in people without a family history of the condition?

There are over 150 +: There are a variety of many types of arthritis. The term is not a single problem but encompasses many different types. Most of these 150 + do not run in families but some risk factors can be inherited. ...Read more

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