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Your risk might be higher than you think.

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Some people have a higher risk than others. You are in a high-risk group if you are Hispanic, African American, Native American, Asian American, or Pacific Islander. You also have a higher risk if someone in your close family (such as your sister, brother, parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle) has diabetes. Am I at risk? »

Don't wait for symptoms

In some people, diabetes doesn't have any symptoms. The disease can go undetected for up to 10 years. During this time, rising blood sugar levels can cause damage to the body, leading to costly, life-threatening problems such as heart disease and stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and nerve problems (especially in the feet) that can increase the risk of amputations. However, if you know your risk early, you may be able to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

You can find out your risk by taking the risk test or by talking with your doctor or health-care provider. Take the risk test »

Am I at greater risk if I had gestational diabetes?

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Make healthy food choices while pregnant to lower your risk of gestational diabetes.

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Yes. If you were diagnosed with gestational diabetes when you were pregnant, you have a future risk for getting type 2 diabetes. If a woman has gestational diabetes, she has a 30 to 60 percent risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the next 10 to 20 years. Your baby also has a greater risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

So make sure you make healthy food choices and have appropriate physical activity when you are pregnant to protect you and your baby from the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. And get tested for type 2 diabetes after your baby is born.