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January 28, 2004

Type 2

Question from Portsmouth, Ohio, USA:

I was adopted and just found birth family. I was told by my birth father that my grandparents have diabetes and heart disease. Am I at risk?


I think it is probable that the family history of diabetes relates to Type 2 Diabetes. You would therefore have some additional risk of acquiring this yourself; but it would be greatly diminished if you took pains to maintain a normal weight for your height and got plenty of exercise.