Who Gets Type 2 Diabetes?
You’re most likely to get this disease if you:
- Have a family history of type 2 diabetes
- Had gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
- Have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Are African-American, Native American, Latino, or Pacific Islander
- Are overweight or obese, especially around the middle (belly fat)
- Have high cholesterol, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, and a high LDL cholesterol
- Don’t exercise
- Are older. People over 45 are most likely to get it.
You should get tested for prediabetes if you meet the criteria above and you:
A Visual Guide to Insulin Resistance
- Had an abnormal blood sugar reading in the past
- Have heart disease
- Show signs of insulin resistance, which means your body produces insulin, but doesn’t respond to it like it should