This is a great question. Here are some risk factors for type 2 diabetes from the American Diabetes Association:
Age over 45
People with family history of diabetes
Being overweight or obese
People who don't exercise regularly
People with high blood pressure, low HDL (good) cholesterol, or high triglyceride level
Certain racial/ethnic groups (Blacks, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, American Indians, Alaska Natives)
Women who have had gestational diabetes during pregnancy or have had a baby born weighing 9 or more pounds
People whose fasting glucose (blood sugar) or glucose tolerance tests are impaired- indicating increased risk of developing diabetes
You mentioned that one of you family members - your grandmother has type 2 diabetes.
There are steps that you can take to help reduce your risk including keeping at a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. It would also be helpful to ask your health care provider how often you should check your blood pressure and cholesterol levels to make sure they are at good levels.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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