A few stupid questions about diabetes..?

Okay so i have a few questions about diabetes. I am not too familiar with it.

1. Can you be at risk of diabetes if a cousin has it?

2. Can extreme stress/depression "trigger" the onset of diabetes?

3. What do you do when you get diagnosed with diabetes? I know it has something to do with insulin, but i am pretty clueless.

The reason i am asking is because i have been having symptoms and i want to know. =) so thanks to anyone who answers.

Update:

julius b...what a jerk..

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  • 1 decade ago
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    They're not stupid.

    1. There can be a genetic component to it, but just one cousin who is diabetic does not put you at special risk.

    2.Not likely...although extreme stress can somewhat influence blood sugar.

    3. When someone is diagnosed with type II (adult onset) diabetes, they are usually instructed to check their blood sugar throughout the day. Some people can control their diabetes with diet and exercise and never need insulin...or at least for some years.

    What kind of symptoms do you have? Thirst? Frequent urination? visual disturbance?

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    A few stupid questions about diabetes..?

    Okay so i have a few questions about diabetes. I am not too familiar with it.

    1. Can you be at risk of diabetes if a cousin has it?

    2. Can extreme stress/depression "trigger" the onset of diabetes?

    3. What do you do when you get diagnosed with diabetes? I know it has something to do with...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1. No, it's hereditary; you're at risk if your direct parents or grandparents have it.

    2. Not that I know of.

    3. It depends on the type. There are many different types of diabetes; I think you're thinking of Type one (insulin) diabetes. With type one, which onsets usually in adolescense, most have to take an insulin shot every day. However, type two (usually caused by obesity, which can onset at any age) is completely different, and isn't to do with insulin at all.

  • 1 decade ago

    1. Is it just your cousin that has it? Family history does increase your chances of developing diabetes (type 2 is more hereditary than type 1). It can also just randomly happen, meaning no family history (maybe thats the case with your cousin? unless some aunts, uncles, your parents, grandparents or siblings have it)

    2. Not that I know of. Environmental factors are said to help trigger type 1.

    3. A type 1 diabetic has no choice but to take insulin injections. A type 2 can sometimes control it with diet and exercise alone, or a combination of diet, exercise, oral meds and/or sometimes insulin.

    Source(s): type 1
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1. if your cousin has it then your just as much at risk for it as every other person pretty much.

    2. Nothing triggers diabetes it just comes if ur glucose doesnt break into insulin.

    3. For diabetes you can do shots have a insulin pump or most expensivly get a omnipod. You have to give your self a shot everytime you eat a meal, snack, exc. its really no fun but can be controlled easily.

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  • 1 decade ago

    1.risk is higher in families with diabetes.

    2.they can't per say but depression or stress can make you eat more.

    3.they diagnose you with a blood test. after that you'll have to have a meter to check your blood sugar. diabetes happens when your body doesnt produce its own insulin (type 1) or youve become insulin resistant (type 2, due to poor diet and obesity)

    if your pre-diabetic there is a pill you can buy called "insulow" which you take with meals that lowers your risk of getting it. talk to your doctor about taking it first. (it really does work cuz i take it)

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  • 1 decade ago

    1. okay if its type 1 diabetes, then yes, you do. heres a link about the differences between the two, http://diabetesplanner.com/articles_non_mem/diabet...

    2. no one is completely sure what causes diabetes, but they think that obesity is a main factor. so its a maybe.

    3. you have to manage your carb intake and either take pills to increase insulin made naturally, or take straight insulin through a shot. it really sucks.

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