Inheritance and Genetics of Type 2 diabetes
Racial Patterns for Type 2 diabetes:
Racial Information for Type 2 diabetes: Type II, or Non-Insulin Dependent
Diabetes Mellitus, affects about 16 million American people. Among African
American women, this form of diabetes has reached epidemic proportions;
age 20 years or older, the rate is 11.8%. About 1 in 4 black women over
the age of 55 years of age has diabetes, nearly twice the rate of white
women. (Source: excerpt from DIABETES AND AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN: NWHIC)
About inheritance and genetics:
Inheritance of Type 2 diabetes refers to whether the condition is inherited
from your parents or "runs" in families.
The level of inheritance of a condition depends
on how important genetics are to the disease.
Strongly genetic diseases are usually inherited,
partially genetic diseases are sometimes inherited,
and non-genetic diseases are not inherited.
For general information, see Introduction to Genetics.