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Family Health History and Diabetes

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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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the support of more than 200 partner organizations.

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