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If you have a family history of type 2 diabetes, it may be difficult to figure out whether your diabetes is due to lifestyle factors or genetic susceptibility. Most likely it is due to both. However, don’t lose heart. Studies show that it is possible to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes by exercising and losing weight.
According to ADA recommendations, testing for diabetes or prediabetes should be done in all overweight adults (BMI ≥25 kg/m2) who have one or more additional risk factors for diabetes (for instance, family history of diabetes), and all people regardless of risk factors after age 45. If screening tests are negative, you don’t need to be tested for another 3 years.