Diabetes is one of the most common diseases that can affect aging populations. There are many factors that can exacerbate the chances of getting diabetes, including lifestyle, weight, diet and genetic history. If diabetes runs in the family, there is a higher likelihood that you will have it. While not curable, there are ways to prevent diabetes. A few simple changes early on can make the difference in prevention, so it is important to start incorporating these into your life now and making it a habit. Preventing diabetes basically boils down to making smart food choices and increasing your activity.