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Is Diabetes Hereditary
Sort of: One in 400-500 people in the general population develops t1d, but 1 in 20 (5 percent) people are at risk if a parent, sibling, or child has the disease. That means that genes are important and play a role but it's not everything. Environmental factors are also involved that increase the risk for these genes to cause diabetes type 1. We are still trying to find out what and how it does this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but partially: Gestational diabetes, which is often a precursor to type 2 diabetes, has a strong hereditary genetic component. The tendency for the body to be insulin-resistant and insulin-deficient (leading to high sugars) are often transmitted in the genetic make-up. However, gestational diabetes is also strongly related to other non-hereditary factors like age, weight, physical activity levels, and diet habits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diabetes is hereditary in my family, how do I prevent from getting sick, diabetes etc. In a normal everyday "diet"?
Yes!: The simple answer is yes, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are hereditary. Type 1 diabetes seems to need a second trigger in most, the risk of an identical twin getting type 1 is about 1/3 and a non twin sibling about 6% so other factors play a clear role. In twins if one has type 2 DM the risk to the other is about 90% and if there is a family hx the risk is 5-10X the normal population (12-14%). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not directly: Type 1 diabetes occurs more often in some ethnic groups;higher in caucasions much lower in asians.Susceptability from parent to child may approximate 5%, but that means~95% don't.It occurs more often in populations susceptable to auto-immune disorders and may arise in someone with a previous problem like autoimmune hypothyroidism. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Excessive thirst and frequent urination. Tested negative for diabetes. I have hereditary sphereocytosis. Could it be related & what do I do about it?
Yes: You may be at risk of developing diabetes due to your genetic history. You may also be at risk of deloping diabetes due to lifestyle choices with your diet and activity. Overweight people have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Some women are at a greater risk to develope type 2 diabetes during pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes : But your decisions regarding food and exercise are more important than heredity. For example, native americans have a propensity to diabetes in our culture. This is because their metabolism was inherited from ancestors who did not eat simple carbohydrates in the quantities that we do in our society. Also several studies show that aerobic exercise 30 minutes daily will reverse type 2 diabetes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Check the presence of diabetes in the family: siblings, parents and grandparents as well as cousing aunt and uncle. Consider also the weight and level of physical activity. Those are all factor that interplay and genetic predisposition is a well know fact but genetic testing is not standard at this time. ...Read more
My grandpa has hereditary type 2 diabetes. For a few days I've eaten lots of sugar and get very fatigued after not eating for hours. Am I getting it?
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