Risk Factors & Prevention
Prediabetes & Type 2
The risk factors for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are the same. You could be at risk for developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes if you:
- are overweight;
- are 45 years or older;
- have a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes;
- are physically active less than three (3) times per week;
- have ever had gestational diabetes or given birth to a baby who weighed 9 pounds or more; or
- are African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian or Alaska Native (some Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans are also at higher risk).
You may be able to prevent, reverse prediabetes or delay type 2 diabetes by making simple, proven lifestyle changes, such as:
- Losing weight if you are overweight
- Eating healthier
- Getting regular physical activity
Type 1 Diabetes
Risk factors for type 1 diabetes are different than those for prediabetes and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is thought to be caused by an immune reaction. Known risk factors include:
- Family history: having a parent or sibling with type 1 diabetes
- Age: a type 1 diabetes diagnosis can occur at any age but is more likely to develop as a child, teen or young adult.
There are currently no proven ways to prevent type 1 diabetes.
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