Is Diabetes Contagious?

As we know, many disease states are considered contagious, meaning; they may be passed from one individual to another through bodily secretions or the like.  My question to you; is diabetes considered a contagious disease?

Type I diabetes, which in the past has been labeled as insulin dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes, is a situation where the pancreas does not produce, or produces very little insulin.  Insulin helps blood sugar enter cells where it is used to produce energy.   This disease state is considered a genetic disease, or, may sometimes be caused from exposure to certain viruses.  Although Type I diabetes usually appears during childhood, it has been shown to afflict individuals during their adult life. 

Type I diabetes has no known cure.  Insulin therapy has advanced quite significantly, and with proper blood sugar monitoring and effective dosing, diabetics may live healthy, normal lives, well into their old age.  It would be a stretch to even remotely consider Type I diabetes as a contagious disease. 

Type II diabetes is a situation where the body has, over the years, become resistant to the effects of insulin or simply does not make enough insulin to keep up with the intake of sugar.  Type II diabetes has been labeled adult-onset or non-insulin dependent diabetes.  This disease state has historically been more common in adults; however, increasing in numbers are children diagnosed with Type II diabetes.

As with Type I diabetes, Type II diabetes has no cure; however, it may be managed quite well with a dedicated effort at monitoring the diet, increasing exercise, and if necessary, medication treatment.  Type II diabetes would not be considered a contagious disease in the traditional sense; however, it is not uncommon to see parents with Type II diabetes who also have grown children who have the same disease.  Does this mean that the children acquired Type II diabetes completely on their own, or were they more likely to become diagnosed with this disease because their parents are also Type II diabetic patients?

The argument continues that quite often we learn our habits from our parents.  If our parents are not conscious of healthy eating habits, it is not likely that their children will initially be conscious of healthy eating habits.  If the parents are not regularly active and exercising, it is also more likely that their children will be less active and not prone to exercise.  This is not the traditional course of a contagious disease; however, it very well may follow a pattern that if a child grows up in a household where the mother and father are both Type II diabetics, it is pretty darn likely that the child may eventually become a Type II diabetic also. 

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