Who Is at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

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Are you at risk for diabetes? Your family health history might offer clues! Debbie Allen, legendary director, producer, actress, and founder of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and Dr. Rodgers discuss the importance of talking about your family’s health history to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes.

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DR. RODGERS: Are you at risk for diabetes? Your family health history might offer clues!

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, a director at NIH.

Debbie Allen, legendary director, producer, actress, and founder of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, explains.

MS. ALLEN: My family history with diabetes goes back to my grandparents, actually on both sides, but especially on my dad’s side. My grandfather on my father’s side died of complications of diabetes, as did my father, as did most of his brothers and sisters. My Aunt Ceola actually died in my arms. I am very vocal with my family about our DNA, our blood memory, our genetic code, that diabetes has run in our family for generations. They’re all very much aware of being on the lookout for prediabetes.

DR. RODGERS: Follow us @NIDDKgov. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers.
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