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Diabetes brochure

Does diabetes run in your family?
Take steps towards better health!


Diabetes is:

  • Common, especially among Hispanics or Latinos
    Diabetes occurs when the level of sugar in your blood remains too high.

  • Serious
    Diabetes is linked to heart disease, kidney problems, stroke, blindness, lower leg amputations, and other health problems.

  • Controllable
    If you have diabetes, ask your doctor about:

    • eating healthier and becoming more active,
    • controlling the level of sugar and fat in your blood,
    • controlling your blood pressure, and
    • getting regular exams of your eyes, feet, kidneys, and hemoglobin A1C.

You’re more likely to get diabetes if:

  • You have family members with diabetes

  • You have poor eating habits

  • You are obese or inactive

What you can do:

  • Know your family health history
    Find out if you have relatives with diabetes and at what age they found out about their disease.

  • Talk with your doctor

    • Tell your doctor about your family health history of diabetes.

    • Ask your doctor about your other risk factors for diabetes.

    • Ask your doctor about possible ways to reduce your risk of diabetes.

For more information about diabetes and healthy lifestyles, visit or call:

To record your family health history and create a family tree, visit:

Special thanks to the National Council of La Raza’s Institute for Hispanic Health.


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    Atlanta, GA 30333 USA
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