5. Who is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes?
Being over 45 years of age and overweight raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Other risk factors include:

  • Having a first degree relative--a parent, brother, or sister--with diabetes
  • Having gestational diabetes, or giving birth to at least one baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • Having blood pressure of 140/90 or higher, or having been told that you have high blood pressure
  • Having abnormal cholesterol levels
  • Being inactive or exercising fewer than three times a week
  • Having impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG)
  • History of cardiovascular disease

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