You may be at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes if you:
  • are overweight or obese (BMI Calculator)

  • are over 45 years old

  • have high blood pressure

  • have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes

  • are not physically active

  • are African American or Hispanic

  • had diabetes during a pregnancy, or gave birth to a baby over 9 pounds

  • have been told you have prediabetes

You may be able to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, even if you have one or more of the risk factors. Make sure to:

  • eat healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products

  • get at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week

  • lose 5-10% of your weight, if you are overweight

Try the Risk Calculator to see if you're at risk for type 2 diabetes.


  • Easy Eating for Busy People

  • Diabetes: Are You at Risk?

Fact Sheets

  • What is Diabetes?

  • Do I Have Diabetes?

These materials are available from the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse at

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