Diabetes and Genetics . What Leads to Diabetes?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-07-02 00:40:32 -0500
Started 2010-07-01 00:27:06 -0500

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes have different causes. Yet two factors are important in both. First, you must inherit a predisposition to the disease. Second, something in your environment must trigger diabetes.


Genes alone are not enough. One proof of this is identical twins. Identical twins have identical genes. Yet when one twin has type 1 diabetes, the other gets the disease at most only half the time. When one twin has type 2 diabetes, the other's risk is at most 3 in 4.

( American Diabetes Association Reprint )

What are your thoughts about this ?


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melanie76 2010-07-02 00:40:32 -0500 Report

My brother and I have type 1 and my 2 sons have type 1 what are the odds that when I have grandchildren, they will have it?

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