- In the U.S., 1 in 3 adults is estimated to have prediabetes.
- In California, about 46% of adults are estimated to have prediabetes or undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.
- In Los Angeles County, 1 out of 10 adults has type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes Risk Factors2
You are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes if you:
- Are over 45 years old
- Have a family history of diabetes (your parent or sibling has type 2 diabetes)
- Have ever had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds. 50% of women with gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes.3
- Are African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, or Alaska Native (some Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans are also at higher risk)
- Lack physical activity (active less than 3 times a week)
- Are overweight or obese
- Have prediabetes
Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented!
You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes with lifestyle changes such as eating healthier, losing weight (if you are overweight), and getting regular physical activity. Click here for more information about prevention.
- Key Indicators of Health by Service Planning Area. LA County Department of Public Health - January 2017. http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/ha/docs/2015LACHS/KeyIndicator/PH-KIH_2017-sec%20UPDATED.pdf
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes. Who’s at Risk? https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/risk-factors.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gestational Diabetes - Complications https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/gestational.html