Diabetes is astonishingly common these days—so common it’s starting to feel like just another inevitable part of modern life. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 24 million Americans, roughly 8 percent of the population, suffer from diabetes; over 90 percent of those cases represent adult-onset or type 2 diabetes. A staggering 57 million more adults have prediabetic blood glucose levels, meaning that those who maintain their current lifestyle are very likely to develop full-blown diabetes down the road. Sound grim? Actually, it’s not—even if you have a predisposition. That’s because the disease is not, inevitable, say experts, even if your family history, race, or age suggest otherwise.