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Diabetes Basics - Who's at Risk?
Type I Diabetes
diabetes is more common among whites than Asian, Hispanic, Native and African
Americans. If you have a close relative with the disease, you are more likely
to develop Type I.
Type II Diabetes
diabetes also tends to run in families. In fact there seems to be even stronger
evidence for some kind of genetic cause for Type II than for Type I diabetes.
Type II is more common among Asian, Hispanic, Native and African Americans.
Type II diabetes usually develops after age 40, about half of all people diagnosed
with the disease are older than 55. This may be because as people age, they tend
to become more sedentary and to gain weight. Eating too much food and being
inactive can make you obese and you are more likely to develop Type II diabetes
if you are obese. Obesity is, by far, the greatest risk factor for this kind of
weight is distributed seems to be a factor, too. If you tend to have an
apple-shaped body in which you store fat around the tummy, you are more at risk
for Type II diabetes. Those with a pear shape in which fat is stored in the hips
are somewhat less at risk.
can develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy, but some women are more at
risk than others. Some risk factors include obesity, a family history of diabetes,
having previously given birth to a very large baby, a stillbirth, a child with a
birth defect or having too much amniotic fluid. Women who are older than 25 are at
higher risk than younger women. About 135,000 women develop gestational diabetes
Diabetes and pregnancy