Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors

March 21, 2017

Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors

No one knows exactly what causes type 2 diabetes. But we do know that certain behaviors and conditions, called risk factors, can make people more likely to develop it. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:

  • Having a family member with type 2 diabetes

  • Having pre-diabetes (a fasting blood sugar between 100-125 milligram per deciliter)

  • Being overweight or obese (a body mass index of 25 or higher)

  • Getting very little exercise

  • Being over 45 years old

  • Being Hispanic, Native American, African American, or Asian/Pacific Islander

  • Having high blood pressure (140/90 mm hg in adults)

  • Having HDL (good) cholesterol less than 35 mm/dl and/or a tgriglyceride level of 250 mg/dl or higher

  • Having polycystic ovary syndrome

  • Having had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy), or a baby weighing over 9 pounds


March 21, 2017

Reviewed By:  

Godsey, Cynthia M.S., M.S.N., APRN,Lambert, J.G. M.D.,Louise AkinLouise Akin RN BSN