It’s important to recognize that diabetes has a genetic component. Blood relatives of people with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes have a higher risk of developing the same type of diabetes as their family member. Therefore, if you have a family history of diabetes, talk to your health-care provider about when and how often you should be screened for high blood glucose.
Here are some other tips to keep in mind:
• Make sure your physician is aware of your family history of diabetes.
• Certain personal characteristics raise your risk for diabetes even higher. Be sure to talk with your physician about all of your risk factors.
• If you are a woman in your childbearing years and are interested in having a baby, make sure your obstetrician is aware of your family history (especially for Type 2 diabetes, which places you at higher risk for gestational diabetes).
• Make healthful eating and staying active a family priority. Everyone benefits when you do!
Test your knowledge by taking the National Diabetes Education Program’s “Family Health History Quiz,” at http://ndep.nih.gov/am-i-at-risk/family-history/#quiz.
Learn more tips for families at risk for diabetes, at http://ndep.nih.gov/am-i-at-risk/family-history/#tips.