How to Know if You're at Risk for Diabetes
Learn about the risk factors for developing diabetes
"Diabetes is a leading cause of death in the United States, and Americans need to know the risk factors and what they can do to prevent and treat the disease, says the American College of Physicians.
"Diabetes is a chronic condition that can cause serious complications, including heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney failure and nervous system damage," ACP President Dr. J. Fred Ralston said in a college news release marking American Diabetes Month in November.
Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include: being over age 45; having a family history of diabetes; being overweight; lack of physical activity; having had gestational diabetes; having high blood pressure or high cholesterol; being African American, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic or Pacific Islander."