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My cousin, who is also my best friend, was just diagnosed with Onset Type 1 Diabetes! I thought basically only kids and teens were diagnosed with Onset Type 1 Diabetes, but my cousin is 42. He became obese over the last few years, and I am not sure if this is what caused the Onset Type 1 Diabetes, or if it was just a sign the diabetes was progressing. Whatever the case, some more info about this condition would be appreciated. What role do genetics play in this? I know we are not immediate family, but I am already starting to wonder if this type of diabetes could also affect me or my kids now.

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Dear myrtle220, 

Diabetes is an autoimmune disease. If the disease is severe it will cause a person, young or old, to need insulin to control the blood sugar. 

Since "fat cells" attract insulin, naturally, a person who is obese will present with diabetes since they do not have enough insulin for their enlarged body. Loss of wight usually helps. I mean aggressive weight loss: like 600 to 700 calories a day. Medifast plan using the powder mixed with water will do it since a person can lose 20 lb a month. I had patients loose 100 lb in five months. 

Class one diabetes are usually young and thin...but if a person needs insulin well, often they are classified as class one, but I really think one is just more severe than the other and that they are the same disease process. 

Tell me about the person...age, race, prior medical history: in detail. Childhood diseases, family diseases, etc. In detail. 

Yours, Norsk10
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