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Family Health History and Diabetes

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  • Haywood, a physical education teacher, was shocked to learn he had type 2 diabetes, even though his mother also had the disease. Today, he takes steps to control his diabetes and to help his daughters lower their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Read Haywood’s story >
  • Since diabetes runs in Sorcy’s family, her daughters are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. But she’s made simple changes to stay healthy and keep her family healthy. Read Sorcy’s story >
  • Latecia’s mother has type 2 diabetes. That means Leticia and her daughters have a greater risk of developing the disease, so they are taking steps as a family to prevent type 2 diabetes. Read Latecia’s story >
  • When Holly found out she had gestational diabetes, she also learned that she and her daughter would have a greater risk for developing diabetes for the rest of their lives. Simple changes have helped her lower their risk. Read Holly’s story >
  • For Sandra, keeping diabetes at bay is more than just a daily battle. It’s a family mission. Read Sandra’s story >
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Family health history is an important risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.

Did you know?

  • Nearly 29.1 million Americans have diabetes.
  • 8.1 million people with diabetes do not even know that they have this disease.
  • An estimated 86 million adults in the U.S. have prediabetes, placing them at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Having a family history of diabetes places you at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • If you are a woman who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy, you are at increased risk for developing diabetes, and the child of that pregnancy is at increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes.

But there is good news! If you are at risk for diabetes, there are things you can do to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Take the Family Health History Quiz

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Your Family

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