From Bolton, Great Britain:
I do not have diabetes, but my mum is and some relatives on her side of her family do. What are the chances of diabetes affecting someone 16-21 years old? If I change my diet, will my chances of developing diabetes decrease?
Several large studies have shown that you can reduce your chances of developing typeá2 diabetes even if you are at high risk through diet and exercise by up to 58%. I suggest you not only try to follow a balanced healthy diet and keep your weight down, but also begin a regular exercise program.
[Editor's comment: See What You Need to Know about Type 2 Diabetes in Children and the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). SS]
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