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My Dad Has Diabetes. Will I Get It Too?

My dad was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Does this mean I'll get it too?
- Jordan*

Just because your dad has diabetes doesn't mean that you will. But certain factors do put people at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes: having a family history of the condition, being obese, and being inactive.

Luckily, people can help reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by watching their weight and exercising. Getting into the habit of eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly can help prevent health problems later in life — and help keep you fit now.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2012

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.