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From Ohio, USA:

My wife found out her mother and father have diabetes, and her maternal grandmother also has it. How much of a chance would she have of developing diabetes? Is it inherited?


You are probably referring to type 2 diabetes. With both a mother and father with type 2 diabetes, I think your wife's chance of developing it is about 75%.

Although she cannot change her genes, she can reduce other risk factors by keeping he weight in the normal range and keeping as active as possible.


[Editor's comment: See Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) for more information. SS]

Original posting 27 Jun 2002
Posted to Genetics and Heredity


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