What Is The Relationship Between DNA And Diabetes?

What causes diabetes? Why do some people in the same family develop diabetes even though they all follow the same lifestyle? The answer to this is - DNA.

 Your DNA can increase your risk of diabetes.


Genetics and type 2 diabetes

People who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, there’s always someone in their family who has diabetes, especially one of their parents or siblings. The gene mutations linked to diabetes can interact with your environment and lifestyle to further raise your risk.


However, not everyone who has a mutation will develop diabetes. 


Genes behind type 2 diabetes

Mutations in any of the genes that are involved in controlling the glucose and insulin levels can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes. Some of them are listed below:

  • Gene that affects glucose production, and insulin secretion and regulation

  • Gene that helps the movement of glucose into the pancreas

  • Gene hormone that is involved in glucose regulation


Know your risk for developing type 2 diabetes

These factors can increase your risk for diabetes:

  • Having more than one gene mutations related to type 2 diabetes

  • Being prediabetic

  • Family history of diabetes

  • Existing high blood pressure

  • Obesity or being overweight

  • Ageing 

  • Sedentary lifestyle

  • Gestational diabetes 

  • Having high levels of triglycerides

  • Personal history of heart disease or stroke

  • Existing polycystic ovary syndrome 


Know your risk for type 2 diabetes with genetic testing 

Your genetic test can provide important insights about how your DNA influences your likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes and report your risk score and recommendations for it.

Your report lists your genetic risk for 30+ chronic health conditions along with more knowledge about signs and symptoms, associated diseases, and risk factors associated with that condition. The report also has recommendations for diagnostic screenings and lifestyle actions that help you be proactive about managing your health. Genetic testing is an important tool for early detection, prevention, and treatment. 


Know your genetic risk score for diabetes now.

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