The risk of type 2 diabetes increases with age, with ethnicity playing a factor too.

To demonstrate, Diabetes UK says the risk of developing the disease increases if you’re white and more than 40-years-old.

This risk is the same for African-Caribbean, Black African, or South Asian people who are over the age of 25.

Genetics has a role as well, with those who have a close relative (parent, sibling or child) who has the condition being two to six times more likely to get type 2 diabetes.

Lifestyle factors can have a great influence on whether someone develops type 2 diabetes or not.

Smoking can contribute to the disease developing – as well as a host of other health consequences.

As can drinking too much (with the recommended weekly allowance being 14 units).

Not moving about enough can also increase the chances of type 2 diabetes.


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