Diabetes Risk Factors Part 1

On your journey for taking steps to better manage your diabetes; let’s talk about risk factors for diabetes.

A risk factor is a variable associated with an increased risk of disease or infection.  Something that is likely to increase the chances of developing something.

What are the risks factors associated with diabetes?

All of these risk factors fall into one of two categories, modifiable or non-modifiable.

Modifiable means these are risk factors you can change or have control over.

Non-modifiable means you cannot change or have control over.

Modifiable risk factors for diabetes include:

  • Weight
  • Sedentary lifestyle (exercise)
  • High cholesterol/blood pressure
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Sleep deprivation-Some research suggests that not getting enough sleep may impair insulin use and increase the risk for obesity

Non-modifiable risk factors for diabetes include:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Family history
  • Gestational diabetes

Coming up next, diabetes risk factors part 2

Teresa Kunath
RN Clinical Specialist


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