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Is diabetes hereditary?

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According to the American Diabetes Association, genes alone are not enough to develop diabetes. However, people do inherit a predisposition to diabetes that is triggered by environmental factors.

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According to the American Diabetes Association, the two types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2. In most cases of type 1 diabetes, people need to inherit risk factors from both parents. Environmental triggers for type 1 diabetes include cold weather, viruses and early diet. The development of type 1 diabetes takes several years for most people. Type 2 diabetes has a stronger connection to family history and lineage compared to type 1. Studies of twins have indicated that genetics are highly influential in the development of type 2 diabetes. According to WebMD, type 2 diabetes is the most common form, affecting over 90 percent of Americans with diabetes.

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