Is being a diabetic inherited or it is caused by one's lifestyle?

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  1. neelia_lyn profile image81
    neelia_lynposted 7 years ago

    Is being a diabetic inherited or it is caused by one's lifestyle?

    They say that if one of your parents is diabetic then you might have inherited the disease.  Some say that it's not true but the reason they have diabetes is that because of their lifestyle - not having a good diet, mostly eat sweets, etc.

  2. Robuck4 profile image49
    Robuck4posted 7 years ago

    I think it can be either. I got it in 2002 and though I am much more active and eat better now, I was not it bad shape then. My dad has it and my grandfather had it.

  3. villanueva21 profile image75
    villanueva21posted 7 years ago

    mostly it can be inherited. My grandma is diabetic. And there is a slight chance that me and my father will get it too.

  4. wychic profile image87
    wychicposted 7 years ago

    It depends on the type of diabetes, and either or both can be contributing factors. Many cases of Type II diabetes are caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, and many people can end up insulin-dependent because of an unhealthy lifestyle. On the same token, though, someone could have severe diabetes while living a very healthy lifestyle, even if there is no history of diabetes in their family. However, there is some correlation between the risk of diabetes and a family history of diabetes or other pancreatic disorders.

  5. Nadeeshan301 profile image73
    Nadeeshan301posted 7 years ago

    No, diabetes has both components. It has both genetic and lifestyle components as well. The inheritance changes with the type of diabetes as well.
    There is increased susceptibility to type 1 diabetes if inherited, but the disease is not genetically predetermined. The identical twin of a patient with type 1 diabetes has a 30–50% chance of developing the disease and the risk is greater by having a diabetic father (3–7%) than a diabetic mother (2–3%). Also if one child in a family has type 1 diabetes, each sibling has a ? 6% risk of developing diabetes by age 20. This risk is increased if the siblings are belong to similar HLA types.
    Similarly in type 2 diabetes the genetic predisposition leading to diabetes is more stronger than type 1 though it is considered as it is due to affluent lifestyles and wrong food habits . Population-based studies show that identical twins of patients with type 2 diabetes have > 50% chance of developing diabetes and the risk of non-identical twins or siblings is 25%.
    Type 2 diabetes is a polygenic disorder ( several genes have involved in causing the disease) as with type 1 diabetes. But still not all with genetic predisposition will get diabetes if they maintain a healthy active lifestyle.


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