Type 2 Diabetes in Children-What Increases Your Risk

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´╗┐Type 2 Diabetes in Children-What Increases Your Risk The major risk factors for type 2 diabetes in children include:

Other things that increase risk include:
  • Race. African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander children are at greater risk for type 2 diabetes than white American children.
  • Being female. Girls are more likely to develop the disease than boys.
  • The child's mother having diabetes that developed during pregnancy (gestational diabetes).
  • The child being small for gestational age at birth.

Medical conditions that contribute to the risk of complications in adolescence and beyond include:

Teens who have diabetes and smoke have a higher risk of complications from diabetes than do those who do not smoke.

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