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My father and uncles have type two diabetes. They got it in their 40s when they got fat. Will i get it? How should I prevent it? Is fat the cause?

My father and uncles have type two diabetes.  They got it in their 40s when they got fat.  Will i get it?  How should I prevent it? Is fat the cause?

At risk: Given your history you are at risk for diabetes. Keeping your weight at a healthy level and exercising regularly with a healthy diet can delay and help prevent you from developing diabetes. ...Read more

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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Is diabetes genetic? I think i may be diabetic, my mom just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I have two symptoms of it. Should i get tested?

Is diabetes genetic? I think i may be diabetic, my mom just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I have two symptoms of it. Should i get tested?

Type II diabetes: There is a strong heritable component of diabetes, especially type ii. I don't know what symptoms you are currently experiencing, but the classic ones are polyuria, polydipsia, nocturia, and polyphagia. If you have symptoms, you should be screened with a hemoglobin a1c blood test or fasting plasma glucose test; especially if you are obese, or have additional risk factors besides family history. ...Read more

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What causes people to get type one diabetes?

What causes people to get type one diabetes?

Auutoimmunity: Autoimmunity refers to one's own immune system making antibodies that target one's own proteins or tissues. T1d(type1 diabetes) occurs when antibodies lead to destruction of beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Researchers are working on exactly what leads to autoimmunity. It appears to be a combination of genetics and exposure to certain viruses or food/environmental proteins. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a high possibility of type two diabetes?

How do I know if I have a high possibility of type two diabetes?

See below: If fasting for >8 hours. Fasting sugar 100-125 is pre-diabetes and 2-hrs after eating 140-199 is prediabetes. Fasting -126 and higher; and 2 hours after eating, 200 and greater, is diabetes can get home blood glucose testing equipment over the counter in pharmacies. ...Read more

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What type of diet and activitys can make someone get type one diabetes?

What type of diet and activitys can make someone get type one diabetes?

Diet/ exercise issue: S, relate to risk of type 2 diabetes, not risk of developing type 1 diabetes. ...Read more

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I'm looking for a good book to get information to control type II diabetes?

I'm looking for a good book to get information to control type II diabetes?

Search Online First: For decades, theories promoted by medical & "health" writers + dietitians have promoted diabetes & obesity, so be careful, lots of conflicting info. Study: ancel keys, big fat lies, mcgovern's report, science for smart people, big fat fiasco. Beyond these last 2, study: dietdoctor, the food revolution, lc/hf, lustig, fatchance.Htm, taubes, attia, nusi.Org, mary enig, eric westman, ralph defronzo. ...Read more

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Why are children more likely to get type one diabetes the adults? --why aren't adults more likely to get type one?

Why are children more likely to get type one diabetes the adults? --why aren't adults more likely to get type one?

Type : Type 1 diabetes is a problem where your body doesn't make enough insulin. It's more commonly found in young people and the cause is uncertain although fortunately there is tremendous research going on to find out. The pancrease (pancrelipase) doesn't make adequate Insulin supplies for your body. Type 2 diabetes is usually found in older people and the problem is that your body isn't sensitive to the effects of Insulin so your blood sugar goes up even though you have a lot of Insulin in your body. The good news about type 2 is you get control of your disease. Lose weight, exercise, eat the right stuff ( dodge the "whites"- potatoes, sugar, flour, rice) and you can make tremendous strides in controlling it without a lot of medicines. The type 1 diabetes use very small doses of Insulin (compared to the type2s) and have very labile blood sugars- type 2s don't do that so much. Some medications for them overlap but in general the type 1s need Insulin and type 2s don't. ...Read more

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