diabetes care

Diabetes Risk Factors

Understand your risk of developing diabetes

Certain people are more at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than others. Lifestyle habits, genetics and other factors play a part in your likelihood of developing diabetes.

The following are risk factors that increase your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes:

  • Age (persons 45 or older are at a higher risk)
  • Being overweight
  • Being sedentary
  • Having a family history of diabetes
  • Having high cholesterol
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Certain racial and ethnic groups (including non-Hispanic blacks, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, American Indians and Alaska Natives)
  • Women who had gestational diabetes or who have had a baby weighing 9 pounds or more at birth

Do you think you or a loved one may be at risk for diabetes? Click here to take the diabetes risk test.