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What Is My Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

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Type 2 diabetes risk factors
Scientists still don't fully understand why some people are more prone to type 2 diabetes risk and develop type 2 diabetes and others don't. It's clear that certain factors increase the risk factors for type 2 diabetes including:
 
Weight: Being overweight is a primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes. The more fatty tissue you have, the more resistant your cells become to insulin.

Inactivity: The less active you are, the greater your risk of type 2 diabetes. Physical activity helps you control your weight, uses up glucose as energy and makes your cells more sensitive to insulin.

Family history: The risk of type 2 diabetes increases if a parent or a sibling has type 2 diabetes.

Race: Although it's unclear why, people of certain races are more prone to developing diabetes- Indians are at the greatest risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Age: The risk of type 2 diabetes increases as you get older, especially after age 45. Often, that's because people tend to exercise less, lose muscle mass and gain weight as they age. But type 2 diabetes is increasing dramatically among children, adolescents and younger adults.
 
High blood pressure is 140/90 mm Hg or above
 
Elevated cholesterol levels are abnormal. If HDL cholesterol—“good” cholesterol—is below 35 mg/dL, or triglyceride level is above 250 mg/dL.
 
Gestational diabetes: If you had gestational diabetes while you were pregnant, your risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases. Another factor is the weight of your baby - If you gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds, you're at risk of type 2 diabetes.
 
Having diabetes puts you at higher risk of developing cardio vascular diseases and stroke.
 
NutritionVista’s diabetes module focuses on type 2 diabetes management with customized menu plans and a personal dietitian to monitor your progress to help you maintain steady glucose levels.
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