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What are the common risk factors of diabetes type 2?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
10 doctors agree

In brief: Family and Weight

For type 2 diabetes, the underlying cause is that cells do not respond normally to insulin.
This "insulin resistance" has a strong genetic basis, so if someone has family members with type 2 diabetes, they are at higher risk. Being overweight or obese also increases one's risk, because the excess fat also causes Insulin resistance. Losing 20 pounds can significantly reduce the risk for diabetes.

In brief: Family and Weight

For type 2 diabetes, the underlying cause is that cells do not respond normally to insulin.
This "insulin resistance" has a strong genetic basis, so if someone has family members with type 2 diabetes, they are at higher risk. Being overweight or obese also increases one's risk, because the excess fat also causes Insulin resistance. Losing 20 pounds can significantly reduce the risk for diabetes.
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Jeffrey Ogden
The highest correlation risk factor is obesity that is predominantly in the belly. Waist circumference and a protuberant abdomen are the highest predictors of developing insulin resistance, the defect that is at the root of type 2 diabetes. The biggest improvements in diabetes control come from rapid weight loss. Often as little as a 5% reduction in body weight can normalize blood sugars.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Heart & nerves

The cardiovascular system and the nervous system are often affected when type 11 diabetes is not kept under good control.
Heart attacks and high blood pressure and amputation of a limb can occur from damage to the nerves and arteries.

In brief: Heart & nerves

The cardiovascular system and the nervous system are often affected when type 11 diabetes is not kept under good control.
Heart attacks and high blood pressure and amputation of a limb can occur from damage to the nerves and arteries.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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