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Causes of Diabetes: Genetic and Environmental Factors

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 12 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:482
  1. S F Beer

    Patients with insulin dependent diabetes (IDDM) wonder why they have the condition when no one else in their family has, and those with non-insulin dependent diabetes (NIDDM) can be very surprised to develop the condition even if several first degree relatives have already been diagnosed. Similar degrees of confusion and misunderstanding are common among doctors at all levels, especially those without a particular interest in the subject. David Leslie has a distinguished record of investigation into the aetiology of both insulin dependent and non-insulin dependent diabetes and is well placed to pull together what is known of the causes of the hyperglycaemic syndromes we recognise as “diabetes.”

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