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Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

A risk factor is something that raises a person's chances of getting a disease or health problem. A person can have type 2 diabetes with or without the risks below. The more risks a person has, the greater the chances are.

Things that raise the risk of Type 2 diabetes are:


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  • 10/1/2018 DynaMed Systematic Literature Surveillance https://www.dynamed.com/condition/risk-factors-for-diabetes-mellitus-type-2: Mantovani A, Byrne CD, Bonora E, Targher G. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and risk of incident type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis. Diabetes Care. 2018;41(2):372-382.


  • Mark Arredondo, MD
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.