Type II Diabetes is the most common form of Diabetes. It develops due to body’s failure to respond to the insulin produced by the pancreas. Due to insulin resistance there is a false deficiency of insulin leading to high sugar level. It is also known as non-insulin dependent Diabetes. There are many risk factors, which could trigger development of Type II Diabetes.

Age

Patients above 45 years of age are at higher risk of developing this disease as with age our body weakens and less exercise results into weight gain. Aging affect efficiency of pancreas to secrete insulin. Body also becomes resistant to insulin with advancement of age.

Family History of Diabetes

Patients with family history of diabetes, especially Type II are at greater risk of developing this disease. Having a parent or sibling with Type II diabetes increases the risk of Type II Diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes

Patients, who have suffered gestational Diabetes during pregnancy, are at higher risk of developing Type II Diabetes later in life. Gestational diabetes occurs when hormones from the placenta make the mother insulin resistant. It could easily trigger Type II Diabetes later in life.

Obesity

Excess body weight is another risk factor triggering type II Diabetes. As the patient has more fatty tissue, especially around belly, cells become more resistant to insulin. Fat hinders body’s process to use insulin, resulting into Type II Diabetes.

Giving Birth to a Heavy Baby

Patients who have delivered babies weighing more than 9 pounds are at higher risk of developing Type II Diabetes. Bearing a heavy baby leads to need of more glucose, thus body starts producing more insulin to manage glucose level. It could lead to insulin resistant and ultimately gestational Diabetes during pregnancy and Type II Diabetes later in life.

Abnormal Cholesterol Levels

Low HDL or good cholesterol level and high LDL or bad cholesterol level could also trigger Type II Diabetes.

High Level of Triglycerides in Blood

High level of triglycerides, a type of fat and unequal fat distribution, fat deposits on belly or abdomen are other risk factors leading to development of Type II Diabetes.

High Blood Pressure or Hypertention

Another risk factor for development of Type II Diabetes is high blood pressure or hypertension.

Impaired Glucose Tolerance

Patients with impaired glucose tolerance are also at a higher risk of developing Type II Diabetes.

Inactive or Sedentary Lifestyle

Low level of activity or leading an inactive or sedentary lifestyle could also lead to development of Type II Diabetes. Inactivity could lead to obesity, high level of fat or triglycerides in body and high level of cholesterol. All these factors increase risk of development of Type II Diabetes.

Metabolic Syndrome or Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance could damage heart vessels and could also trigger Type II Diabetes. Obesity, a high fat diet, and lack of exercise together cause metabolic syndrome and result into heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Ethnicity

People with certain origin are at higher risk of developing Type II Diabetes. Patients with African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Japanese Americans origin are at higher risk of developing Type II Diabetes. The risk increases if they have any close relative suffering from Type II Diabetes or Gestational Diabetes.

Prediabetes

A patient having higher blood sugar level, which is higher than normal, but not high to be called Diabetes, could lead to Type II Diabetes.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

A patient suffering from Polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS are also at higher risk of developing Type II Diabetes.

History of Vascular Disease

Patients with a history of Vascular Diseases are at higher risk of developing Type II Diabetes.

Unhealthy Eating Habits

Patients with unhealthy eating habits may witness high cholesterol level in the blood. Such people also have high fat and triglycerides in the body. They may also suffer from obesity or other lifestyle diseases. All these factors increase risk of Type II Diabetes.

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