mmhi_website_hdr_v1The following is a list of risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing diabetes:

  • Weight
    Being overweight is a primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
  • Fat distribution
    If your body stores fat primarily in your abdomen, your risk of type 2 diabetes is greater.
  • Inactivity
    The less active you are, the greater your risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Family history
    The risk of type 2 diabetes increases if your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes.
  • Race
    African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians and Asian-Americans are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than whites are.
  • Age
    The risk of type 2 diabetes increases as you get older, especially after age 45.
  • Prediabetes
    Left untreated, prediabetes can progress to type 2 diabetes.