Age. The risk for getting prediabetes and type 2 diabetes increases with age. And the number of children being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is increasing. Usually, children who get type 2 diabetes have a family history of the disease, are overweight, and are physically inactive.
Race and ethnicity. African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders are at higher risk than whites for type 2 diabetes.
History of gestational diabetes or having a baby weighing more than 9 lb (4 kg). Women who have had gestational diabetes or who have had a large baby are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Low birth weight. People who weighed less than 5.5 lb (2.5 kg) at birth are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.
Prediabetes. Having prediabetes means that you are at risk for type 2 diabetes. It's important to get treatment. If your fastingblood sugar levels are in the range from 100 mg/dL to 125 mg/dL, you are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes.1
If you're worried
To see whether you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, see the website www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/prevention/diabetes-risk-test. If you are at risk, you can discuss with your doctor how to make healthy changes in your life.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 29, 2014
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