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Everyone in my family has diabetes. Being on a healthy plan and walking an hour a day, can I prevent this from happening to me?

Kudos to you for your healthy lifestyle. Being on a healthy eating plan and exercising are preventive things we can do to reduce our risk of sustaining chronic diseases such as diabetes. While there are no guarantees you won't every get diabetes, you are doing the right thing by working on prevention. Visit the American Diabetes Association website to learn more about diabetes and reducing your risks.

From Ask the Diabetes Educator

Eating healthy and exercising has proven benefits for those at risk for diabetes. A healthier lifestyle may prevent and/or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes include being:

  • Over 40;
  • Overweight;
  • In a family with a history of diabetes;
  • Someone with high blood pressure;
  • A woman with a history of gestational diabetes and/or having a baby that weighs over nine pounds;
  • Of certain ethnic backgrounds (Native, Hispanic or African American).

To answer the last part of the question , it is not inevitable.

From Ask the Pharmacist

Genetics is such a huge risk factor, I would not want to say that a diabetic outcome is inevitable, but the odds are not in your favor. Eating properly, exercising and having regular check-ups are important, to perhaps delay the onset or reduce the severity of the condition.

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