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Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes and accounts for approximately 90% of all people with diabetes. This is where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body's cells do not react to insulin.
Risk factors include:
Waist circumference- the higher your waist circumference is the higher your risk is as this indicates your visceral fat which is associated with insulin resistance which is a factor in type 2 diabetes.
Weight – being above a healthy weight increases your risk
Gender- men have a higher risk than women
Ethnicity - Type 2 diabetes is up to 6 times more likely in people of South Asian descent. Type 2 diabetes is up to 3 times more likely in African and Africa-Caribbean people.
Age- diabetes risk increases with age
Blood pressure- high blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of diabetes
Family history- If there is someone in your immediate family with diabetes your risk will be higher
Inactivity, excess alcohol intake and smoking also can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes
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