Type 1 Diabetes: It’s All in the Genes!

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Elements of diabetes have confounded the scientific community for years. And while many developments have been made in the field, many mysteries remain unsolved.

But as it turns out, type 1 diabetes might not be as mysterious as we once thought — Dr. Stephen Kissler, Ph.D. and his team, who work in immunobiology, have found that genetics play a vital role in the onset of type 1 diabetes. In studies with identical twins, if one has diabetes, the other has a fifty to eighty percent likelihood of also developing the condition.

In only the past few years, technology has allowed us to identify about fifty genes that are associated with diabetes. That could be a HUGE development for people with diabetes, or for individuals who have a family history of diabetes.

Hopefully, in the near future, we will be able to wield this knowledge in order to stop or prevent genetic diseases, like type 1 diabetes, from setting in.

Find out more about the genetic end of diabetes and other autoimmune disorders in the Joslin Diabetes Center video!

Take a look, and as always, let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.