• Question: what causes mature onset diabetes in the young

    Asked by samyoung to Jamie, Jodie, Kat, Mark, Niamh on 24 Mar 2011 in Categories: .
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      Katherine Davies answered on 23 Mar 2011:


      Do you mean type 2 diabetes? As far as I know, its to do with diet and lifestyle choices, which are usually of no fault of the childs. Im not sure there is a genetic factor, but I would imagine so as it is a common problem. Sorry I cant be of any more help.

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      Jamie Pringle answered on 23 Mar 2011:

      Hello samyoung,

      Type 2 diabetes you mean? From the evidence so far, it is due primarily to lifestyle factors and genetics, i.e. eating too much unhealthy (saturated fat type foods), not doing enough exercise and complicated by genetics where people are predisposed to get the condition.

      Im not an expert but the key factors to reduce your chances of getting the disease is to eat healthily and have an active lifestyle.

      Obviously consult a medical doctor for further information.

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      Mark Hill answered on 24 Mar 2011:

      Hello Samyoung,

      I think you know probably more about this that I do. I am sorry if it has struck someone you know.

      I really don’t know why, but there are some thoughts that genetics and sometimes lifestyle may be linked. We all play a health lottery through life and some poeple are luckier than others.

      I am sorry that I cannot help further.

      Good luck.