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    Type 2 Diabetes in Children - What Increases Your Risk

    The major risk factors for type 2 diabetes in children include:

    Other things that increase risk include:

    • Race. African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander children are at greater risk for type 2 diabetes than white American children.
    • Being female. Girls are more likely to develop the disease than boys.
    • The child's mother having diabetes that developed during pregnancy (gestational diabetes).
    • The child being small for gestational age at birth.

    Medical conditions that contribute to the risk of complications in adolescence and beyond include:

    Teens who have diabetes and smoke have a higher risk of complications from diabetes than do those who do not smoke.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 29, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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