No. Genes that you inherit from your parents play a role in whether you get diabetes. Type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) is usually diagnosed in childhood and means that the body does not produce insulin.
Type 2 diabetes (adult-onset diabetes) means that the body becomes resistant to insulin and cannot process glucose properly. Type 2 diabetes is more related than Type 1 to environmental factors, like diet, but it also involves inherited genes.
The good news is that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by eating a healthier diet and increasing exercise.
– Ginny Lyons
Ginny Lyons, RN is a coordinator for Catholic Health's women's service line, WomenCare, a nurse clinician in women's health, a community health educator and a public health speaker for Catholic Health on wellness and prevention seminars.
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