Like father, like sons and daughters in type-II diabetes

Re your article ‘Diabetes: the real culprit’ (WDDTY vol 13 no 12), I am a 63-year-old type II diabetic, diagnosed at the age of 50. I am also a biochemist/molecular biologist, and I applaud your article for its clarity and accessibility for those who are not familiar with the science of the disease.

However, there is one factor concerning the development of type-II diabetes to which your article does not refer – the role of genetics, which confers on families the disposition/susceptibility to develop the disease.

Diabetes contributed to the death of my father. My elder brother, with a lifestyle radically different from my own, also developed the disease in his early 50s. That there is a genetic factor means that the interpretation of data on the relationship between diet and type-II diabetes is not quite as straightforward as your article suggests.

For those who carry this genetic trait, issues concerning diet are of critical importance from a very early age. Awareness of the virtual inevitability of sons or daughters following parents with respect to this debilitating disease should be raised. – Professor Peter Butterworth, Esher, Surrey

WDDTY replies: What may be genetic is the propensity toward a weak pancreas that can be overwhelmed by high-glycaemic foods. The genetic component strongly argues that, in families with diabetes, the condition can be held at bay and possibly even forestalled by following a low-glycaemic diet throughout life.

Connection error. Connection fail between instagram and your server. Please try again
What Doctors Don't Tell You Written by What Doctors Don't Tell You

Explore Wellness in 2021