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Risks

  • You’re at risk for developing prediabetes or type 2 diabetes if you:

    • Are overweight

    • Are age 45 or older

    • Have a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes

    • Are physically active less than 3 times a week

    • Have ever had gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant) or given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds

  • African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Pacific Islanders, and some Asian Americans are at higher risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

  • American Indians/Alaska Natives are twice as likely as whites to have diabetes.

  • During their lifetime, half of all Hispanic men and women and non-Hispanic black women are predicted to develop diabetes.

  • You’re at risk for developing gestational diabetes (diabetes while pregnant) if you:

    • Had gestational diabetes during a previous pregnancy

    • Have given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds

    • Are overweight

    • Are more than 25 years old

    • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes

    • Have polycystic ovary syndrome

    • Are African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Pacific Islander

  • Gestational diabetes usually goes away after your baby is born but increases your risk for type 2 diabetes later in life.

  • Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes are more likely to have obesity as children or teens, and are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life too.