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Is diabetes contagious?

Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics

No, diabetes is not contagious. Diabetes is a chronic condition which affects 28 million or 8.3% of the US population according to the CDC. There are 79 million who have prediabetes.

Diabetes is not contagious. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs because the body does not produce insulin or the insulin is insufficient. Insulin is a hormone produced in the body by pancreatic cells.
Although we don't know exactly why some people develop diabetes, we know diabetes is not contagious. It can't be caught like a cold or flu. There seems to be some genetic link in diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle factors also play a part.

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