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Tue Jan 10 07:30:21 EST 2012

How come my mother has a type 2 diabetes when both her parents had none and they died of old age? So will I have one too since my dad has too?
Asked By: amber0204  
Category: Type 2

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My Mom was 55yrs old when she found out she had diabetes. Though she is slim built and more of a vegetables and fish diet person. Could it be possible she got it from side effects of medicines she took when she had pneumonia and tb. Those medicines were phase out now. My dad has when he was only 27, type 2 also. A doctor once said to me that I will have 100% diabetes in the future since both my parents has. Is that true? Can I prevent it? I don't have a diabetes now. I'm in my 20's. I'm slim though sometimes I would eat sweet and fatty foods. I hardly drink softdrinks. I eat vegetables but I'm more onto fruits and meat.
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2012-01-10 19:21:13.0

Hello,

Thanks for asking dLife.

The majority of people with type 2 diabetes have insulin resistance. The insulin released by the pancreas may not be working properly.

Many people do not know that they have type 2 diabetes as it may not produce noticeable signs and symptoms. It is often diagnosed during routine labwork for an unrelated condition or procedure. Although type 2 diabetes is not known to be caused by medication, a side effect of some medications can be increased blood glucose (sugar) levels. Once the medication is discontinued, the blood glucose returns to pre-medication levels.

Type 2 diabetes tends to occur among family members. It is thought to have a genetic component. What can you do?

Overweight can contribute to insulin resistance. Sound nutrition and regular physical activity to achieve and maintain a healthy weight help to lower insulin resistance...and thereby prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Learn more about insulin resistance!

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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