The main risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes is an unhealthy weight. Excess fatty tissue makes absorbing the blood sugar hormone properly more difficult. People who tend to store fat easily in the stomach area are at higher risk of diabetes. Other risk factors include inactivity, age, ethnicity, and family history. People who have close-to-diabetic blood sugar levels are diagnosed with pre-diabetes. This preliminary condition can be reversed with changes in diet and exercise.
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