Is Diabetes Genetic?

Although there are a number of factors that cause type 1 or type 2 diabetes, one of the factors that can lead to the condition is hereditary reasons or the presence of the disease in the family’s genes.

Let us see the hereditary risks of developing diabetes in case of both type 1 as well as type 2

Link Between Genes and Type 1 Diabetes:

Studies have indicated that there, in fact, could be a strong link between type 1 diabetes and the genetic factors. Some of the points to be noted below include the following:

  • If you are a male who has type 1 diabetes, the probability or chances that your offspring will inherit that condition is 1 in every 17 such patients.
  • If you are a diabetic female and are giving birth to a child before you attain the age of 25, there are risks that 1 in every 25 such children will inherit type 1 diabetes
  • However, If you are a diabetic female and are giving birth to a child after you have attained the age of 25, there are risks that 1 in every 100 such children will inherit type 1 diabetes

Another study indicates that the chances of the offspring developing type 1 diabetes are 3 percent if the mother has the condition. 5 percent if the father has the condition, and 8 percent if any one of the siblings of the child has the condition.

Thus, as is clear from the above, type 1 diabetes could be contracted owing to genetic factors

Link Between Genes and Type 2 Diabetes:

Some of the researchers believe that there could be a strong link between genetic factors and the possibility of developing type 2 diabetes condition. Type 2 is the more common form of diabetes and it is believed to have the onset on people owing to poor lifestyle practices including lack of exercise, inadequate eating habits, etc. as per one study, if you are both overweight and the diseases persist in your family, there could be 40 percent chances that you can develop type 2 diabetes

Thus, there could be your genes that are responsible for your type 2 diabetes condition.

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