Why do I have diabetes?

People often ask why they have diabetes. The truth is that the reason you develop diabetes is very complex and can be affected by your genes or lifestyle.

  • No one knows why some children have type 1 diabetes, and some people do not.
  • The reasons for developing diabetes are very complex, and even clever scientists in white coats don’t understand them yet.
  • Type 1 diabetes happens partly because of your genes. Not your jeans! When these genes combine with an infection, diabetes can happen. 
  • Diabetes isn’t like colds and flu, you can’t catch it.
  • Having diabetes is nobody’s fault.
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Developing diabetes, genes, infection

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