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Is type 1 diabetes hereditary?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Alvin Fried
Internal Medicine - Diabetology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes and no

The potential for type 1 diabetes is probably inherited just like everything we have is inherited.
However, there needs to be some sort of trigger to bring the tendency to the point of being an active disease. At present we don't know what that trigger is.

In brief: Yes and no

The potential for type 1 diabetes is probably inherited just like everything we have is inherited.
However, there needs to be some sort of trigger to bring the tendency to the point of being an active disease. At present we don't know what that trigger is.
Dr. Alvin Fried
Dr. Alvin Fried
Thank
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