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Risk Factors of Diabetes

by Dr. Charmagne Anne Sunico

Published on January 2, 2020

The chances of acquiring Type 2 Diabetes depend on a number of factors. Some are modifiable, while some are unmodifiable.

  • Family history: If you have a parent or a sibling who has Diabetes, you are more likely to get it.
  • Race or ethnic background: If you are of African-American, Asian-American, Latino/Hispanic-American, Native American or Pacific Islander descent, you have a greater likelihood of developing diabetes.
  • Age: The older you are, the higher your risk for diabetes. Generally, Type 2 diabetes occurs in middle-aged adults, most frequently after age 45. However, healthcare providers are diagnosing more and more children and adolescents with Type 2 diabetes.
  • History of gestational diabetes

  • Weight: Being overweight or obese puts you at risk for diabetes. Losing 5 to 7 percent of your body weight can decrease your risk of prediabetes in half and your risk decreases more as you lose more weight.
  • Physical Inactivity: You should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity in a week.
  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal Cholesterol levels

  • By following your doctor's advice regarding lifestyle modification, you may decrease your chances of developing Diabetes.