The risk of type 2 diabetes increases with age, with ethnicity playing a factor too.
To demonstrate, Diabetes UK says the risk of developing the disease increases if you’re white and more than 40-years-old.
This risk is the same for African-Caribbean, Black African, or South Asian people who are over the age of 25.
Genetics has a role as well, with those who have a close relative (parent, sibling or child) who has the condition being two to six times more likely to get type 2 diabetes.
Lifestyle factors can have a great influence on whether someone develops type 2 diabetes or not.
Smoking can contribute to the disease developing – as well as a host of other health consequences.
As can drinking too much (with the recommended weekly allowance being 14 units).
Not moving about enough can also increase the chances of type 2 diabetes.