cause of Type I diabetes is genetically based, coupled
with an abnormal immune response.
The cause of Type II diabetes is unknown, but medical
experts believe that Type II diabetes runs in families.
A person can inherit a tendency to get Type II diabetes,
but it usually takes other factors to bring on the disease.
Factors associated with an increased risk for Type
II diabetes include:
(weighing 20 percent above a healthy body weight)
history of diabetes
functioning of the pancreas
race (higher risk in Black, Hispanic, American Indian,
westernized Asian and native Hawaiian populations)
(cortisone and some high blood pressure drugs)
having given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 lbs.
diagnosed gestational diabetes