November is National Diabetes Month. This is an opportunity for communities to focus on this serious health condition by encouraging and educating individuals with diabetes to better care for themselves for improved quality of life. In addition, it is an important time to educate family members of their role in supporting individuals with diabetes, as well as an opportunity to raise awareness of their own increased risk of developing diabetes. According to the National Diabetes Education Program, a program of the National Institute of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes is a family affair. Many individuals are unaware that having a mother, father, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes increases their risk of developing diabetes, especially if they have additional risk factors such as being overweight, physical inactivity, elevated blood pressure, and advancing age. The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by making healthier food choices and increasing physical activity, leading to weight reduction. A modest weight loss of 5-10 percent can create significant health improvement in several important health markers, such as cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose (sugar).