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Does Diabetes Skip A Generation

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Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a disorder characterized by abnormally high blood sugar levels. In this form of diabetes, the body stops using and making insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that helps regulate blood sugar levels. Specifically, insulin controls how much glucose (a type of sugar) is passed from the blood into cells, where it is used as an energy source. When blood sugar levels are high (such as after a meal), the pancreas releases insulin to move the excess glucose into cells, which reduces the amount of glucose in the blood. Most people who develop type 2 diabetes first have insulin resistance, a condition in which the body's cells use insulin less efficiently than normal. As insulin resistance develops, more and more insulin is needed to keep blood sugar levels in the normal range. To keep up with the increasing need, insulin-producing cells in the pancreas (called beta cells) make larger amounts of insulin. Over time, the beta cells become less able to respond to blood sugar changes, leading to an insulin shortage that prevents the body from reducing blood sugar levels effectively. Most people have some insulin resistance as they age, but inadequate Continue reading >>

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  1. ston3xc

    Skipping generations

    How many of you have heard that diabetes always skips a generation if it runs in your family? How many have found out that that's not always true? I've been diabetic for over 30 yr. My 32 yr old son was diagnosed when he was 12. My dad had juvenile, my paternal grandparents had adult onset. My sister researched our family tree and found it had not skipped for 8 generations. Has science debunked that theory or not?

  2. Mame C

    gotta say in my case there was (is) no one w/any type of diabetes but I've been a type one since 1972. Truly believe I had some sort of virus that knocked my pancreas out. My friend in a very rural part of ohio has a son who was diagnosed in 06 w/type 1- had no one on either side and within 6 mos. 3 other kids in his class were diagnosed type 1

  3. MichelleBalcom

    I had never heard that it skipped a generation, but I had always grown up hearing how it went from Mother to Son, Father to Daughter. No one on my dads side was a diabetic and on my mom side I had one great Aunt that had it early, the rest of them got it after they turned 60, so I was shocked when I became a diabetic. To top it off they all are not as bad and can take pills while I have to take insulin shots. I was told by the doctors that mine is not from heridatary though, but from pacreatitis.

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