Certain demographics are at a higher risk than others for diabetes. These can be based on genetics or behavior. Find out if you are at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes, and how you can lower your risk factor.
- Certain ethnicities. African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at a higher risk for diabetes.
- Heredity. Having someone in your immediate family (a parent, a sibling) with diabetes means that you have a higher risk.
- Weight. Diabetes prevention is just one more reason to avoid obesity and stay fit.
- Inactivity. People who exercise * have a lower risk of developing diabetes.
- Previous History. If you have had gestational diabetes, then you are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- High Birth Weight. If you are a woman who has had a baby that weighed more than 9 lbs at birth, you have a slightly higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Age. Older people have a higher incidence of diabetes.
To prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, you can stay active. Exercising most days of the week will help prevent type 2 diabetes, as will eating a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables. Try to eat less processed food that is high in sugar.
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