Yes, type 2 diabetes tends to run in the family. But there are many other things that also affect your chances of getting type 2 diabetes.
If you have a family member with diabetes, that doesn’t mean that you will get diabetes too. It just means that your risk for getting diabetes is higher. Even if you have no family members with diabetes, you can still get it.
There are other things that also increase your risk of getting diabetes. If you manage these other risks, your chances of getting diabetes can stay low.
To lower your risk, you can:
- Be a healthy weight – If you’re overweight or obese, lose weight.
- Exercise for at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week – This can be broken out however you’d like. For example, you could exercise for 30 minutes, 5 days each week. Or you could do 1 hour, 3 days each week. Whatever works best for you.
- Eat a healthy diet – Reduce the number of calories you eat each day. This can also help you lose weight.
- People at very high risk should discuss medication to prevent diabetes with their doctor.
These things can also help you manage your diabetes if you already have it.
If someone in your family has type 2 diabetes, talk to your doctor about whether you should be tested and what you can do to lower your risk.
You can outrun what runs in your family!