Who is at Risk of Diabetes

Your chances of developing type 2 diabetes depend on a combination of risk factors such as your genes and lifestyle. Although you can’t change risk factors such as family history or age, you can change lifestyle risk factors about eating, physical activity, and weight. These lifestyle changes can affect your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.


You are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if:

►  You are overweight or obese

►  You are 45 years old or older

►  You have a family history of diabetes

►  You have high blood pressure

►  You have a low level of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, or a high level of triglycerides

►  You are not physically active

►  You have a history of heart disease or stroke

►  You suffer from depression

►  You have a history of gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more (For women)

►  You have polycystic ovary syndrome , also called PCOS (For women)

In addition to these risk factors, also ask your doctor if you are taking any medicine that might increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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