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Can I get diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that cause your blood sugar to become too high. It can occur when your body does not make enough insulin, or your body cannot use the insulin it makes. Insulin is a natural hormone made by an organ called the pancreas that helps your body turn the food you eat into energy.

Diabetes can be controlled with a healthy diet, exercise, and the right medicines. There are more than 450 million people in the world with diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes may lead to blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and amputations.

Many African Americans, Latinos, American Indians, and Alaska Natives have diabetes.

You are at risk of getting diabetes if you:

  • Have a mother, father, brother, or sister with diabetes
  • Are overweight
  • Do not exercise
  • Eat an unhealthy diet
  • Are over 45 years old
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high levels of cholesterol and/or triglycerides
  • Have a history of cardiovascular disease
  • Had diabetes during pregnancy
  • Have been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Source: MKT0567 & MKT0556

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