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Type 2 Diabetes Causes

Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

Family History

Type 2 diabetes may run in the family. It means you would be at a higher risk if having any family member with this condition. Previous research has suggested that having one or both of the parents with type 2 diabetes could increase the risk by up to 3 times. Around 120 genetic mutations linked to the disorder have been discovered. However, it is still not fully understood the underlying mechanism. Most cases are caused by multiple mutations rather than single ones. In fact, other factors may affect the overall risk of developing type 2 diabetes, such as obesity, exercise, and diet. [3]


Another risk factor for type 2 diabetes is ethnicity. It has been shown that the condition is more common in people of color. Although lifestyle and culture definitely contribute to this link, scientists believe that the risk may be more than just exercise or weight. According to a recent study, the proportions of type 2 diabetes in different ethnic groups in the US are as follows:

– Latin communities: 22.1 percent

– Black communities: 20.4 percent

– Asian communities: 19.1 percent

– White communities: 12.1 percent [4]