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How to know your diabetes risk


Diabetes tends to run in families. In fact, statistics show that most people with type 2 diabetes have a family member with the disease. That’s why it is so important for families to share their health status with one another.

To help with this, here are four key questions to ask about diabetes:

  1. Does anyone in your family have type 2 diabetes?
  2. Has anyone in your family been told they might get diabetes?
  3. Has anyone in your family been told they need to lower their weight or increase their physical activity to prevent type 2 diabetes?
  4. Did your mother get diabetes when she was pregnant? (This is called gestational diabetes.)

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be at risk of developing diabetes. Ask your doctor about ways to lower that risk (there are many!).

Send this quiz to everyone in your extended family. You may save a loved one’s life.