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Is diabetes genetic?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
Internal Medicine - Diabetology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Type 2 diabetes is well know to run in families but type 1 diabetes does as well.
Epidemiologic data shows that 1 in 400-500 people in the general population develops type 1 diabetes, but 1 in 20 people are at risk if a parent, sibling, or child has type 1 diabetes. However, research shows that genes don't tell the whole story and it suggests that unknown environmental factors also contribute.

In brief: Yes

Type 2 diabetes is well know to run in families but type 1 diabetes does as well.
Epidemiologic data shows that 1 in 400-500 people in the general population develops type 1 diabetes, but 1 in 20 people are at risk if a parent, sibling, or child has type 1 diabetes. However, research shows that genes don't tell the whole story and it suggests that unknown environmental factors also contribute.
Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Most diabetes is genetic, but it also may be caused by trauma to the pancreas, or by certain medications, such as zyprexa, (olanzapine) an atypical antipsychotic.

In brief: Yes

Most diabetes is genetic, but it also may be caused by trauma to the pancreas, or by certain medications, such as zyprexa, (olanzapine) an atypical antipsychotic.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

We all have vulnerable areas of our physiology due to our genetic makeup.
The key is to work with the factors we can control, such as diet, nutrition, and exercise. The entire field of epigenetics studies how we can compensate for these genetic tendencies in order to avoid the development of disease.

In brief: Yes

We all have vulnerable areas of our physiology due to our genetic makeup.
The key is to work with the factors we can control, such as diet, nutrition, and exercise. The entire field of epigenetics studies how we can compensate for these genetic tendencies in order to avoid the development of disease.
Dr. Theodore Cole
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Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice

In brief: Yes

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes have a genetic connection.
However, with most genetic predispositions, there must be an environmental insult to cause the disease to manifest itself. Proper diet and exercise can help prevent type 2. There are many different possible causes if type 1.

In brief: Yes

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes have a genetic connection.
However, with most genetic predispositions, there must be an environmental insult to cause the disease to manifest itself. Proper diet and exercise can help prevent type 2. There are many different possible causes if type 1.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

There is a strong link of diabetes within families.
Lifestyle, obesity, activity level, and diet all tend to trigger that propensity to be diabetic.

In brief: Yes

There is a strong link of diabetes within families.
Lifestyle, obesity, activity level, and diet all tend to trigger that propensity to be diabetic.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

Type 2 diabetes, the more common adult onset type, has a 90% concordance within families, which means that 90% of a diabetic's close family members (kids, brothers, sisters) could expect to get diabetes eventually.
Type 1 diabetes is not genetically predetermined.

In brief: Yes

Type 2 diabetes, the more common adult onset type, has a 90% concordance within families, which means that 90% of a diabetic's close family members (kids, brothers, sisters) could expect to get diabetes eventually.
Type 1 diabetes is not genetically predetermined.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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