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What are early warning signs of type-2 diabeties if you are not obese?

I've taking general blood tests, but have not been diagnosed with diabetes. I'm wondering if there's any definite signs/symptoms that would show that I'm at risk, I'm female, 22 yrs old, white, weight 135 at 5'7". My grandmother has type 2 diabetes.


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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.

Take care




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