It is preventable. Individuals with a family history of type 2 diabetes are more prone to get it, but research shows that keeping body weight normal and exercising daily can prevent and even cure type 2 diabetes. For children avoid simple sugars like juices and sweets, encourage fruits, veggies, whole grain, lean protein and daily active play even dancing or jumping. Use myplate.Gov for good advice on nutrition.
My parents, sister, grandpas on both sides have/had type 2 diabetes. If I am a healthy weight, eat well & exercise, what are my chances of getting it?
Increased. Increased since you have a positive family history. They will also increase as you age, but the most important (70-90%) factor which you can prevent is continuing to stay lean by eating right and exercising. Good luck. Read more...