Are you at risk for diabetes?

American Diabetes Month is a time to raise awareness of diabetes prevention and control.

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In the United States, 24 million people are living with diabetes and 57 million more are at risk of developing type-2 diabetes.

Over time, if it’s not controlled, type-2 diabetes can cause serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, and blindness. You may be at risk for type-2 diabetes if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Exercise less than 3 times a week
  • Are over 45 years old
  • Have high blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • Are African American, Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American or Pacific Islander
  • Have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes

You can do a lot to lower your chances of getting type-2 diabetes by:

  • Eating healthy.
  • Watching your weight.
  • Being active.
  • Controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol.

Information from the American Diabetes Association

Talk to your doctor about your family history of type-2 diabetes and other diabetes risk factors.