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Type 2 Diabetes in Children - What Increases Your Risk

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

  • Being overweight.
  • Getting little or no physical activity.
  • Having a parent, sister, or brother with the disease.

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.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    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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