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What causes type 2 diabetes?

How is type 2 diabetes different than other forms of diabetes?

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  • Margot moderator
    3 years ago

    Type 2 diabetes is thought to result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The influence of genes (family heredity) appears to be stronger for type 2 diabetes than for type 1 diabetes, in addition to environmental factors like eating and exercise having more of an influence. Type 1 diabetes is thought to result from exposure to pathogens (viruses), foods, and other substances. There are also some genes that may increase susceptibility for developing type 1 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body no longer produces a sufficient amount of insulin, whereas in type 2 diabetes, the body loses the ability to use the insulin it produces effectively. For more information on the different types of diabetes, including prediabetes and gestational diabetes, this page may be helpful:

  • Kelly Dabel, RD moderator
    3 years ago

    Type 2 Diabetes is thought to be influenced by both genetic predisposition and environmental factors. While Type 2 Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism, Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune Disease. Autoimmune means the body’s immune system attacks itself. Those with Type 1 Diabetes are insulin dependent. While those with Type 2 Diabetes may need insulin, many are able to control their blood sugar levels with diet and oral medications. Here is more info on the different types of diabetes that may be helpful to you:

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