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Can I get Type 2 diabetes?

Posted 01/15/13 |Asked by Jackson

Anyone can develop diabetes type 2 diabetes. Persons from certain ethnic groups, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans, have a higher risk for diabetes.

Everyone over 45 should have a blood sugar (glucose) test at least every 3 years. Regular testing of blood sugar levels should begin at a younger age, and be performed more often if you are at higher risk for diabetes.

You may have a higher risk for  developing Type 2 diabetes if you have any of the following:

  • Age greater than 45 years
  • Diabetes during a previous pregnancy
  • Excess body weight (especially around the waist)
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • HDL cholesterol under 35 mg/dL
  • High blood levels of triglycerides, a type of fat molecule (250 mg/dL or more)
  • High blood pressure (greater than or equal to 140/90 mmHg)
  • Impaired glucose tolerance
  • Low activity level (exercising less than 3 times a week)
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • A condition called acanthosis nigricans, which causes dark, thickened skin around the neck or armpits

Please talk with your medical provider about your risk of developing diabetes and what you can do today to reduce your risk!

-Tanya Shelton, RN CDE

Certified Diabetes Educator, Cooper Green Mercy Hospital

Reference: Type 2 Diabetes – risk factors. MedlinePlus. Updated: 6/28/2011.

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