Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors

Risk Factors

Knowing your risk for type 2 diabetes is one of the first steps to prevention. Talk to your doctor about diabetes if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • Abnormal health numbers such as:
    • HDL (Good) cholesterol is less than 35 or triglyceride level is higher than 250
    • High blood glucose
    • High blood pressure
  • Age 45 years or older
  • Family history of diabetes (sibling or parent)
  • Had diabetes while pregnant or gave birth to a baby weighing over 9 pounds (gestational diabetes)
  • Has polycystic ovary syndrome (women only)
  • Has vascular problems affecting the brain, heart, or legs
  • Physical inactivity
  • Race/Ethnicity:
    • African American
    • American Indians
    • Asian Americans
    • Hispanics/Latinos
    • Pacific Islanders

Am I at Risk? Take the Test

The test can help you determine if you have a high or low risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Know Your Score

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