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What are risk factors for diabetes that I cannot change?

Many things affect your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Some of these things, like your weight and how much you exercise, you can change. Other things, like your age or your family history, you can't change. But being aware of them can help you take smart steps to lower your risk.

Things you can't change:
  • Age
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Family history

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