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 familycircle.com/bmi to calculate yours) and who has a parent or sibling with diabetes should have a blood sugar test.