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Diabetes In The Family: Is It Inherited?

I’m asking this on behalf of a friend whose grandfather and father have diabetes. Is it more likely that my friend will get it too? Is diabetes fatal? Diabetes occurs in two forms; type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes), which occurs in young people and is the more severe form, requiring insulin injections type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent diabetes), which is milder and occurs in older people and is usually controlled with diet and tablets. The details of whether diabetes can be inherited, and how this occurs, are not clear. About 10 per cent of people getting the more severe Type 1 diabetes have a close relative with this type of diabetes. That is not the same as saying that 10 per cent of people with affected relatives will get diabetes, but there is an unpredictable association. Type 2 diabetes also has a tendency to occur in families, but this is also not very strong and not predictable. In your friend’s case, if grandfather and father are affected, they probably have the milder Type 2 form of diabetes, so your friend has little risk of developing diabetes at a young age. It may be there is an increased risk of him developing diabetes in later life, but it would Continue reading >>

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  1. lynn007

    I am at my whits end for about 4 weeks I have had all these symptoms bloating, cramps, wind and water swishing about in my stomach. I have been worrying sick. Yesterday went the Dr who said I need blood tests to check everything in the meantime she wasn't going to give me anything so I asked she gave me buscopan, which has helped a little but I am wondering if it could be the Metformin , which I take twice a day and have done since I was diagnosed type 2 around October 15, has anyone else had this ? any answer much appreciated and thanks in advance.

  2. Indy51

    Metformin is well known for causing stomach upsets - some people have problems immediately; others develop them over time. Might be worthwhile changing to an extended release version to see if that helps.

  3. lynn007

    Thanks I will talk to my Dr again today .

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