Risk Factors for Diabetes

What Are the Risk Factors for Diabetes?

People who are overweight or obese, have a family history of diabetes or have an inactive lifestyle are those most prone to diabetes. Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans and Native Americans have a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than the white population.

What are the Symptoms of Diabetes?

The most common symptoms of diabetes are excessive thirst, excessive hunger, and excessive urination. Other symptoms can include blurred vision, unintended weight loss, tingling or numbness in feet or hands, sores that are slow to heal or dry, itchy skin. 

Diabetes ranks as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Almost every one of us knows someone who has diabetes and has seen the debilitating effects it can have on their lives. An estimated 16 million Americans have diabetes -- about 7.3 percent of the population -- and one-third of them don't know they have the disease. Each year, approximately 800,000 people are diagnosed with diabetes.

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