What are the common risk factors of diabetes type 2?

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.
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.

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What are the cardiovascular risk factors of diabetes type 2?

Heart disease. Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease (clogging of the arteries) which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. This is because diabetes affects your body's metabolism and increases the release of inflammatory proteins and hormones which then exacerbate coronary artery (heart) disease. This disease is not limited to the heart but also affects the blood vessels in your brain as well. Read more...
Heart Disease/Stroke. Diabetes is actually a risk factor for atherosclerosis which leads to heart disease (blockage of the coronary arteries) and stroke (blockage of the arteries in the brain). Elevation in Insulin levels stimulate a rise in triglycerides which leads to the production of small dense LDL particles. These particles are key culprits in formation of atherosclerosis (blockages in the arteries.). Read more...

Common symptoms of diabetes type 2?

Thirst, hunger... Frequent urination, undue fatigue if concerned at all, see md to catch / treat early and can check sugars before person gets these symtoms, in order to try to catch it early, especially in people with family history of diabetes. Read more...

What are the common causes of diabetes type 2?

Insulin Resistance. Insulin resistance is the most common cause of type ii diabetes. Insulin resistance can be cause by obesity, certain medications, and chronic prolonged stress. It can also be caused by an autoimmune process affecting the pancreas. Read more...
Many. The causes are not clearly known. There are certain factors which may lead to diabetes. Virus infections can lead to diabetes. If it runs in your family, you are obese, smoke cigarettes, had gestational diabetes or had a baby weighing 9 or more pounds, have impaired glucose tolerance, do not exercise regularly, low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides, high blood pressure you are at high risk. Read more...

I have a diabetes type 2?

Type 2 diabetes. You do not give any information to which I or any other doctor can respond. Please tell us more. Read more...