Diabetes Risk Factors Part 1

Now that we have a better understanding of what diabetes is and the types of diabetes there are (type 1, type 2  and gestational diabetes), let’s focus on risk factors. With all the information there is to provide, we’ve split this section into 2 parts.

A risk factor is a variable associated with an increased risk of disease or infection.  Something that is likely to increase the chances of developing something.

So, what are the risks factors associated with diabetes?

  • Weight
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High cholesterol/blood pressure
  • Age
  • Race
  • Family History

All of these risk factors fall into one of two categories, modifiable or non-modifiable.

Modifiable means these are risk factors you can change or have control over.

Non-modifiable means you cannot change or have control over.

Modifiable risk factors for diabetes include:

  • Weight
  • Sedentary lifestyle (exercise)
  • High cholesterol/blood pressure
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Sleep deprivation-Some research suggests that not getting enough sleep may impair insulin use and increase the risk for obesity

Non-modifiable risk factors for diabetes include:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Family history
  • Gestational diabetes

Coming up next, diabetes risk factors part 2

Can you connect with any of the risk factors mentioned above?

Teresa Kunath
RN Clinical Specialist

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