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The Hidden Epidemic: Diabetes

Who's Most Susceptible

Unfortunately, both Esther and Michele can put a check next to virtually all of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes: They are both overweight and, prior to being diagnosed, didn't exercise. They have many close relatives with the disease—Esther's father had type 2 diabetes, as do her two sisters. Plus, they are Hispanic. High-risk ethnic groups include African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, Native Americans and Asian Americans.

FC Tip: Experts recommend that any adult with a body mass index over 24 (visit to calculate yours) and who has a parent or sibling with diabetes should have a blood sugar test.