My Diabetes Project – Risk Factors
Diabetes information and services in Europe
As you might have been able to tell from previous discussion, being overweight and inactive are two of the greatest risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes. Women who have experienced gestational diabetes during pregnancy are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.
Sometimes, when people have higher than normal blood glucose levels (but not high enough to officially have diabetes) they can be diagnosed as being pre diabetic. While pre diabetes means are at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease or getting a stroke later in life, you can help prevent these illnesses by changing your diet and taking some moderate physical activity.
It can even possible to return to normal blood glucose levels, maybe without even taking any medication.