Take-Away Tips

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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

Learn more tips for families at risk for diabetes, at

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