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Is Diabetes Contagious
Presistent increased frequency of emptying bladder, urinating, as a symptom of a disease state. 2 types: Mellitus (high blood glucose) & Insipidus (inadequate anti-diuretic hormone). In Diabetes mellitus, the far more common, glucose concentrations are ↑ed due to combination of 8 organ system changes referred to as the "ominous octet" & aggravated by intake of sugars (simple & complex ...Read more
Not at all: Diabetes is not contagious. It is determined by genetic background and overweight (for type 2). There are some data suggesting that type 1 diabetes may be triggered by viral infections (like influenza) but these would not cause diabetes in someone without the right genetic background. ...Read more
No: You do not catch diabetes from diabetics. Type 1 diabetes is autoimmune, but it is thought that there is a trigger (in susceptible people). Among the possible triggers could be a virus, but it would be a common virus that we all have exposure to, not a specific "diabetes virus", but this is an area of intense research. ...Read more
Not contagious: Type i diabetes (dm) is not a contagious disease. There are genetic predispositions to acquiring dm, but even so, there are poorly understood environmental trigger(s) which need to be present to activate the immune system against insulin-making cells in such patients. As an example, if an identical twin develops dm, the other twin only has a 40% chance of also getting it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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