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What Are The Genetic Causes Of Type 1 Diabetes?

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Genetics And Type 1 Diabetes

If you have type 1 diabetes, you might wonder if your child would get it, too. Or if one of your parents has it, what it means for you. Your genes definitely play a role in type 1, a less common form of diabetes that’s often diagnosed in children and young adults. But they’re not the whole story. Like much in life, it’s a mix of nature and nurture. Your environment, from where you grow up to the foods you eat, also matters. Researchers don’t know exactly how -- and how much -- all those things affect your chances of getting the disease. Your genes set the stage, but you can’t be certain how it'll all play out. There’s no diabetes gene that gets turned on or off to give you type 1. Instead, a bunch of them play a role, including a dozen or so that have the biggest say: the HLA genes. They make proteins your immune system uses to keep you healthy. Since type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease -- your body destroys the cells that make insulin -- it makes sense that HLA genes are front and center. There are thousands of versions of them in the human gene pool. Which ones you get from your parents affect your chances of diabetes in a big way. Some make you more likely to ge Continue reading >>

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  1. M

    I don't know if it is sugar free and caffeine free ordered as is on the menu, but I get black iced coffee Unsweet with 2 Splenda shaken in every so often. I used to be obsessed with their passion tea lemonade but even Unsweet it has ridiculous amounts of sugar and caffeine so I haven't had one this pregnancy.

  2. P

    Black tea has caffeine, passion doesn't. Unless it's totally different now.

    I've been getting an iced tall sugar free vanilla or caramel latte with coconut milk and light ice. I think it only has like 15 grams of carbs? I can't remember but I look it up on their website for nutrition facts. You could do decaf too so no caffeine. I'm not a sugar free fan but find the coconut milk to help with that flavor and the light ice helps give more coconut milk.

  3. kierongrace

    Passion tea is caffeine and sugar free, but the lemonade does have tons of sugar. Unsweetened passion tea (not lemonade) would fit the criteria, or unsweetened green tea if you can have a little caffeine.

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