Last Updated January 2018Many things can increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, including your ethnicity. Type 2 diabetes is more common among Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. Black Americans also have complications of diabetes at much higher rates than white Americans. Other risk factors include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having more fat in the middle of the body
  • A high-fat diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Family history of diabetes
  • High alcohol consumption
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Stress
  • Inflammation
  • Certain medications
Your waist measurement can be a warning sign for pre-diabetes. Women’s waistlines should measure 35 inches or less. Men’s waistlines should be less than 40 inches. Measurements higher than these may indicate a higher risk for pre-diabetes.




Last Updated July 2020