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Diabetes Facts1

  • In the U.S., 1 in 3 adults is estimated to have prediabetes.
  • In California, about 46% of adults are estimated to have prediabetes or undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
  • In Los Angeles County, 1 out of 10 adults has type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Risk Factors2

You are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are over 45 years old
  • Have a family history of diabetes (your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes)
  • Have ever had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds. 50% of women with gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes.3
  • Are African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, or Alaska Native (some Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans are also at higher risk)
  • Lack physical activity (active less than 3 times a week)
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have prediabetes

Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented!

You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes with lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, losing weight (if you are overweight), and getting regular physical activity. Click here for more information about prevention.


  1. Key Indicators of Health by Service Planning Area. LA County Department of Public Health - January 2017.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes. Who’s at Risk?
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gestational Diabetes - Complications

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