You are at greater risk of diabetes if you:

  • Are overweight or obese (body mass index over 25)
  • Have a family history of diabetes
  • Are over age 60
  • Are Latino, African American, Asian American, Native American, Hawaiian or of other Pacific island origin
  • Gave birth to a baby that weighed over 9 lbs at birth
  • Live a sedentary/inactive lifestyle
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high blood cholesterol levels

How to prevent Type II Diabetes

You can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes through a healthy lifestyle. Change your diet, increase your level of physical activity, and maintain a healthy weight. With these positive steps, you can stay healthier longer and reduce your risk of diabetes.

The following are symptoms you might experience if you are living with diabetes:

  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Dry mouth or skin
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • More frequent infections
  • Slow healing of cuts and sores
  • Unexplained weight loss


One out of every three people with diabetes is not aware that they have it.

If you have these symptoms, get tested.