What Are The Risk Factors For Type 2 Diabetes?


What are the risk factors for type 2 diabetes?

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  1. Type 2 diabetes has many risk factors associated with it, mostly related to lifestyle choices.

    But in order to develop insulin resistance (an inability for your body to use insulin as it should) and type 2 diabetes, you must also have a genetic abnormality.

    Along the same lines, some people with type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin; that is also due to a genetic abnormality.

    That is, not everyone can develop type 2 diabetes.

    Additionally, not everyone with a genetic abnormality will develop type 2 diabetes; these risk factors and lifestyle choices influence the development.

    Other risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:

    • Family history: Type 2 diabetes has a hereditary factor. If someone in your close family has (or had) it, you are more likely to develop it.
    • Race/ethnicity: Certain ethnic groups are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, including African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans.
    • Age: The older you are, the more at risk you are for developing type 2 diabetes.
    • Gestational diabetes: If you developed diabetes while you were pregnant, that increases your risk for developing type 2 diabetes later on.
    • Other health problems: High blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol (the “bad” LDL cholesterol) increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes complications. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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