Age and Ethnicity

Recommendation: Know Your Risk

Diabetes risk continuously increases as you grow older.1 However, even young people can be at a high risk for type 2 diabetes based on their lifestyle habits. See the diabetes risk scoring test to assess your own risk level.
In the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS), a prospective cohort study initiated in 1976 by enrolling 121,700 U.S. female nurses aged 30-55 years old, Asians, Hispanics, and blacks all had a higher diabetes risk compared to whites after controlling for age, BMI, family history, and lifestyle risk factors.1 Asians are particularly susceptible to the increased diabetes risk that is associated with weight gain. It is especially important for groups at higher risk to cultivate good habits and practice healthy lifestyles early in life for the sake of preventing diabetes.
1 Ley SH, Schulze MB, Hivert MF, Meigs JB, Hu FB. “Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes.” Diabetes in America. In press.