Do you mean sweeteners? If diabetes runs in your family, it is suggested that you get a blood test once every 3 years. My maternal grandmother had diabetes and I am the only one in my family who has diabetes for the time being. I knew I was at risk, but I did not take any precautions. Could I have avoided getting diabetes if I didn't eat sugar? I am not sure if there is an answer to that question. I found out that I had diabetes during some routine blood tests. Be sure and get checked.Diabetes runs in my family. Should I be eating fake sugar?