Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is Diabetes Hereditary?

By    |   Tuesday, 03 Sep 2013 10:19 AM

Question: Does diabetes run in the family?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Yes. Diabetes is a genetically inherited condition. Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes cannot yet be prevented. Type 2 (associated with obesity and insulin insensitivity) does not always require insulin and can be managed through diet, weight control, exercise and oral agents, some of which actually help you lose weight and reduce sugar cravings.
 
Sometimes insulin is required for Type 2 patients who are not responding well to oral agents and lifestyle changes.
 
We are now seeing an epidemic of Type 2 diabetes related to obesity and its adverse effects of reduced sensitivity to insulin. But this by no means implies that all obese patients are diabetic. In other words, Type 2 diabetes is not inevitable, and it can be prevented, modified, or at least delayed by a sensible diet and regular aerobic exercise to manage weight.

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