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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Is diabetes hereditary and what measure can be taken to avoid getting it ?

Does a Family history of diabetes make me more susceptible to the disease? Thank you for answering my question. I was 12 lbs. 12 1/4 oz. when I was born. I was a month early as a result. I have had hearing difficulties my entire life due to improperly formed middle-ear chains which were corrected through surgery . Could this have been a result of the early delivery by C-Section due to the macrosomia? I was actually always underweight as a result of the hypothyroidism being controlled by synthroid from an early age. I am 5 8 tall and only weigh 121 lbs now, which is actually less than what I weighed in High School. I was 129 lbs then and my highest weight was 174 lbs from November 2005 through February 2006. I was on heavy duty pain killers at the time for two disintegrating discs in my lower back. I have been off of the pain killers since December of last year and am doing better without them than I was when I was on them. My weight had been fluctuating from 136-146 when I was on them but now I barely break the 120 mark and have a hard time keeping the weight on. I eat and eat and eat but my weight stays the same. I eat healthy foods and have been walking daily. Also, I have heard that diabetes skips a generation but I was wondering if because my mother is diabetic if I am more susceptible to it later in life? I had 2 cousins who are diabetic but one of them passed away in November 2005 at the age of 36. We think that complications from the diabetes played a role but we are not 100% certain.
Sat, 21 Jan 2012
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As you are suffering from various diseases and they are directly or indirectly connected with your present problems.
Firstly you go for complete test for Diabetes as there is family history of diabetes in your family.Diabetes has direct connection with your problem.
Now go for Rechecking of thyroid,orthopedic,ENT,so that any change of treatment or procedure require can be judged .
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