Frequently Asked Questions
7. Who is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes?
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Being over 45 years of age and overweight raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Other risk factors include
- having a first degree relative--a parent, brother, or sister--with diabetes.
- being African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic American/Latino.
- having gestational diabetes, or giving birth to at least one baby weighing more than 9 pounds.
- having blood pressure of 140/90 or higher, or having been told that you have high blood pressure.
- having abnormal cholesterol levels--an HDL cholesterol or good cholesterol level of 35 or lower, or a triglyceride level of 250 or higher.
- being inactive or exercising fewer than three times a week.
- having polycystic ovary syndrome, also called PCOS (women only).
- having impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG).
- history of cardiovascular disease.