Diabetes: Are You At Risk?
Do you have health risk factors for type 2 diabetes? The incidence of type 2 diabetes has doubled over the past three decades, according to the Framingham Heart Study. Although the causes of type 2 diabetes are unknown, there are some key risk factors. These health risk factors can increase your chances of getting this increasingly common type of diabetes.
It is estimated that 70 to 80 million Americans have insulin resistance syndrome -- a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. In the health topic on insulin resistance syndrome or metabolic syndrome, we explain the combination of diseases caused by insulin resistance. Once you learn more about insulin resistance, you may want to initiate some of the recommended lifestyle changes that can help decrease your chances of getting this serious problem.
Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors
A person with some or all of the following listed health risk factors may never develop type 2 diabetes. However, the latest medical findings show that the chances of getting type 2 diabetes increase the more health risk factors you have.
Other health risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:
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Reviewed by John A. Seibel, MD on February 25, 2010
Last Editorial Review: 2/25/2010