Chronic conditions are the major cause of death and disability worldwide. Knowing risk factors for a chronic conditions, including diabetes, can help you prevent or delay it.
Even if you already have a chronic condition, knowing these risk factors can help you better manage it.
In this blog, we will discuss the main risk factors for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes risk factors
Some gene variations can increase your risk of developing type 1 diabetes. Your doctor can check for these gene variations.
Your risk increases if you have a parent, sister, or brother who has type 1 diabetes. If both parents have type 1 diabetes, the risk increases more.
You can develop type 1 diabetes at any age, but it is more likely to happen in childhood or early adulthood.
Type 2 diabetes risk factors
Your risk increases if you have a parent, sister, or brother who has type 2 diabetes.
You can develop type 2 diabetes at any age, but your risk increases if you are 45 years or older.
Being overweight means you have more fatty tissue, which causes your cells to become resistant to insulin.
If you are physically active less than 3 times a week, then your chances of developing type 2 diabetes increase.
Having diabetes during pregnancy or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 4 kilograms, increases a woman’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Having non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, and/or abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels, may also increase your risk for type 2 diabetes.
Prediabetes is a serious health condition in which your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Left untreated, prediabetes often progresses to type 2 diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has a tool to calculate your risk for prediabetes.
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