Several factors can increase a person’s risk of developing diabetes. Here are some common risk factors:
- Family history: If you have a family history of diabetes, you are more likely to develop the condition.
- Age: The risk of diabetes increases as you get older. Type 2 diabetes, the most common type, is more likely to occur in middle-aged or older adults.
- Weight: Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes.
- Physical inactivity: A sedentary lifestyle can increase your risk of developing diabetes.
- Race/ethnicity: African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are more likely to develop diabetes.
- Gestational diabetes: Women who develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): Women with PCOS, a hormonal disorder that affects the ovaries, are at higher risk of developing diabetes.
If you have one or more of these risk factors, it is important to talk to your doctor during the HGV medical about your risk of developing diabetes and steps you can take to prevent or manage the condition.