Diabetes affects the way the human body produces and regulates insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar, and the way it metabolizes carbohydrates. It can result in higher levels of glucose in the blood and make it collect in the urine. The condition affects almost ten percent of the global adult population, with numbers on the rise. Some forms are caused, in part, by lifestyle choices. Studies suggest the more widespread unhealthy eating habits are within a country, the more residents diagnosed with this life-altering disease.
One significant factor in whether or not an individual develops diabetes is a family history of the disease. Type 1 diabetes is often an inherited disorder, with a higher likelihood if both parents have the condition. Triggers in childhood or adulthood cause type 1 to develop in some individuals with the genetic propensity for it. However, general family lineage, with less specific genetics, can indicate a propensity for developing type 2 diabetes.
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