Risk factors for diabetes depend on the type of diabetes.
Some of the risk factors include:
Damaging Immune System Cells: Sometimes the family members of people with type1 diabetes are tested for the presence of diabetes autoantibodies. If you have them then you are at a greater risk of developing type 1 diabetes. However, not everyone diagnosed with these autoantibodies develop this disease.
Dietary Factors: Some of the dietary factors that have been linked to an increase in type 1 diabetes are low consumption of vitamin D, early exposure to cow’s milk, exposure to cereals before four months of age. But none of the above factors are shown to cause type one diabetes.
Race: Type 1 diabetes is more common among the whites than in other races.
Geography: Some of the geographical locations that are found to be at a great risk of this disorder are Finland and Sweden.
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus – The Risk Factors!
Researchers are not clear on the reason why some people develop type 2 diabetes. However, some of the risk factors are as follows:
Weight: The more amount of fatty tissue you have, the more insuling resistant your cells become.
Sedentary Lifestyle: The lesser your body activity, the greater you are at risk for developing this disorder.
Family history: If your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes, then you are at a greater risk.
Race: People of certain races like American Indians, Asians, and Blacks are at a greater risk of developing this disorder.
Age: The older you are, the greater is your risk of developing this disease.
Gestational diabetes: If you have developed gestational diabetes during your pregnancy, then you are at a greater risk of developing this disorder.
Polycystic ovary syndrome: Women suffering from polycystic disease are also at an increased risk of developing this type of diabetes.
High blood pressure: If you are having a blood pressure of more than 140/90mm Hg, then you are also at a high risk of suffering from this disorder.
Altered Cholosterol Levels: If you have low levels of high density lipoprotein i.e. the good cholesterol, then you at a great risk of developing this disorder.
Triglycerides: If you have high levels of triglycerides in your blood i.e. above 250 mg/ dL then you are at a greater risk of developing this disorder.