learn about your risk for type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes — and it means that your body doesn’t use insulin properly. While some people can control their blood glucose levels with healthy eating and exercise, others may need medication to help manage it. Diabetes can be complicated, so having a team of people dedicated to your diabetes management is what sets us apart.
Q: At what age are you most likely to get type 2 diabetes?
A: The older you are, the higher your risk is for type 2 diabetes. People 45 and older should take active steps to prevent the condition, including regular exercise and a controlled diet.
Q: Does diabetes affect men more than women?
A: Yes. Men are more likely than women to have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
Q: Should I be worried if diabetes runs in my family?
A: A family history of diabetes could contribute to your risk for type 2 diabetes.
Q: Does having high blood pressure increase my risk for diabetes?
A: Yes. High blood pressure contributes to your overall risk for type 2 diabetes.
Q: I don't exercise. Am I at a higher risk for diabetes?
A: Being inactive can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes. Fitness is a key part of managing this condition. Work with your doctor to determine what physical activity is best for you. The key is to get your body moving!
Q: Does ethnicity affect my risk for diabetes?
A: People of certain racial and ethnic groups are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than others. People from Black African, African Caribbean and South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi) backgrounds are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes from a younger age.
Q: Does being overweight increase my risk for diabetes?
A: Yes. People with higher BMIs are at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes.