Risk factors for type 2 diabetes

We may not understand the exact causes of type 2 diabetes, but we do know that certain factors can put you at increased risk.

Certain factors are out of your control:

  • Your risk is greater if you have a brother, sister, or parent who has type 2 diabetes.
  • You can develop type 2 diabetes at any age, but your risk increases as you get older. Your risk is particularly high after age 45.
  • African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, and American Indians are at higher risk than Caucasians.
  • Women who have a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome are at increased risk.

You may be able to change these factors:

  • Being overweight means that you have a more fatty tissue, which makes your cells more resistant to insulin. Extra fat in the abdomen increases your risk more than extra fat in the hips and thighs.
  • You’re risking increases if you have a sedentary lifestyle. Regular exercise uses up glucose and helps your cells respond better to insulin.
  • Eating a lot of junk foods or eating too much wreaks havoc on your blood glucose levels.

You’re also at increased risk if you’ve had gestational diabetes or if you have prediabetes.

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July 23, 2018