Does diabetes run in your family? Take steps towards better health!
- Common, especially among Hispanics or Latinos
Diabetes occurs when the level of sugar in your blood remains too high.
Diabetes is linked to heart disease, kidney problems, stroke, blindness, lower leg amputations, and other health problems.
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 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 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 history and create a family tree, visit:
Special thanks to the National Council of La Raza’s Institute for Hispanic Health.
- Page last reviewed: March 6, 2013
- Page last updated: March 6, 2013
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