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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is type 2 diabetes genetic?

    I am 15 years old and both my parents have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. What is the chance that I will also have diabetes? Is there anything I can do to prevent it?
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    Kate Marsh

    Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), Diabetes Educator, Dietitian

    Kate works with clients with type 1 and gestational diabetes, PCOS, and those following a plant-based (vegetarian or vegan) diet. As a diabetes educator, she … View Profile

    Yes type 2 diabetes is genetic so having both parents does put you at higher risk. But it doesn't mean that it is inevitable that you develop diabetes as lifestyle also plays a part.  Eating well, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight can significantly reduce your risk.  Studies have shown that lifestyle modification programs which incorporate diet and exercise can reduce the risk of developing diabetes in those with pre-diabetes (who are at high risk) by around 60%.

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