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Can a person with no family history of diabetes get diabetes? (Query)

The answer is YES. Read to know what Dr Pradeep Gadge says about type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

I am a 25-year-old IT professional and my job profile involves sitting for long hours in front of a computer. Recently, my colleague was diagnosed with high glucose level. She is only 28 years old. Can a person with no family history of diabetes get diabetes? I am very scared. Please explain.

The query is answered by Dr Pradeep Gadge diabetologist, Gadge Diabetes Centre, Mumbai.

One of the first thing that you need to know is that having a person with diabetes in a family does increase your risk of getting diabetes. But if you don't have anyone with diabetes in the family, you can still get diabetes. It depends on a lot of factors like sedentary lifestyle, eating junk food or not having meals on time, no physical activity, leading a stressful life to name a few. Genetics do play an important role only in type 2 diabetes. It is a condition in where there is a lesser production of insulin in the body. Also read does having diabetic parents increase your risk of diabetes?

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If you do not have a family history of diabetes, you can get other types of diabetes. Moreover, you can even get type 2 diabetes even if you do not have any risk factors for diabetes like obesity, kidney disease, etc. However, for type 1 diabetes you do not need to have a risk factor. In type 1 diabetes there is no production of insulin in the body, hence you need insulin from outside (in the form of injections). If you have pancreatitis, induced diabetes to other types of diabetes, you do not need a risk factor. The simple rule is you can get the condition without any underlying condition or risk factors. Hence, it is advised to lead a healthy lifestyle and eat healthy to be on a safer side. Do you know why are men at a higher risk of diabetes?

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