Diabetes in Men

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes, affecting nearly 12 million men. Factors that increase your chance for type 2 diabetes include:

  • Having a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Being obese or overweight (especially excess weight in the upper body and abdomen)
  • Eating a lot of meat, especially processed meat (eg, processed luncheon meats, hot dogs, sausages)
  • Having cholesterol problems (low HDL "good" cholesterol and high triglycerides)
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having a history of cardiovascular disease
  • Having depression
  • Having a history of gestational diabetes or having a baby that weighs over nine pounds
  • Having an endocrine disorder (Cushing’s syndrome, hyperthyroidism, acromegaly, polycystic ovary syndrome, pheochromocytoma, glucagonoma)
  • Having a condition associated with insulin resistance (eg, acanthosis nigricans)
  • Having previous blood test results that show impaired glucose tolerance and impaired fasting glucose
  • Taking certain medicines (eg, pentamidine, nicotinic acid, glucocorticoids, thiazide)
  • Having a sedentary lifestyle
  • Having sleep difficulties
  • Having a low birth weight
  • Race: African American, Hispanic, Native American, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Pacific Islander
  • Age: 45 years or older and younger people who are obese and belong to at risk ethnic groups

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