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Diabetes is a disease that affects almost 10 percent of the population, with numbers on the rise. Some forms are caused in part by lifestyle choices. The more unhealthy eating habits a country has, the more people there are diagnosed with diabetes. This life-altering disease can, in some cases, even be fatal. Diabetes affects the way the human body produces and regulates the hormone that regulates blood sugar and the way it metabolizes carbohydrates. It can result in higher levels of glucose in the blood and the urine.

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1. Family History

Family history can be a huge factor in whether or not an individual develops this disease. This is why diabetes is on the list of diseases to check off when you complete your intake forms at a doctor's office or hospital. In Type 1 diabetes, risk factors need to be inherited from both parents to be passed on to the child. However, general family lineage may indicate a propensity for developing Type 2 diabetes.

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