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Diabetes. Can i get it if my mother has it?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
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In brief: Anyone can get it

You can get diabetes whether your mother has it or not.
Having a mom with diabetes increases risk a bit; if your mom has type 2 ; got it before age 50 your risk is 1 in 7; if after age 50 1 in 13. Far greater risks are diet ; lifestyle. Limiting sugars ; grains, avoiding obesity and being physically active will minimize your risk. There's evidence avoiding gmo's may help too: http://bit.Ly/19xax7e.

In brief: Anyone can get it

You can get diabetes whether your mother has it or not.
Having a mom with diabetes increases risk a bit; if your mom has type 2 ; got it before age 50 your risk is 1 in 7; if after age 50 1 in 13. Far greater risks are diet ; lifestyle. Limiting sugars ; grains, avoiding obesity and being physically active will minimize your risk. There's evidence avoiding gmo's may help too: http://bit.Ly/19xax7e.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Sort of

It's not like an infection - but there's a definite family tendency, due to genes, diet, lifestyle.

In brief: Sort of

It's not like an infection - but there's a definite family tendency, due to genes, diet, lifestyle.
Dr. Douglas Chang
Dr. Douglas Chang
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