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Causes and Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

Causes and Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

There are a few well-established causes of type 2 diabetes that can be helpful to know about.


As with many conditions, a family history of type 2 diabetes increases the likelihood of developing the condition yourself. This indicates that type 2 diabetes is partially genetically driven. This is backed by research literature showing that certain genetic variations can affect insulin production, receptor sensitivity, and other important factors.


A prominent risk factor associated with type 2 diabetes is obesity, which is strongly associated with a reduction in insulin signaling and sensitivity. Obesity, and type 2 diabetes, share many of the same determinants, which can be visualized by OneHealth Pro. Obesity results from excess body fat, called adipose tissue. This adipose tissue releases fatty acids that can interfere with the cells’ insulin receptors to recognize insulin-designated insulin resistance.

Findings in OneHealth

OneHealth is a well-documented reference source describing the determinants that are associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes,  Not surprisingly,  the most supported being:


      • Inactivity

      • Urban environment

      • Sugar-sweetened beverages


    One study, featured in OneHealth, published in 2013 in Nature, best summarizes the risk factors of type 2 diabetes: “Type 2 diabetes is a result of complex gene-environment interactions, and several risk factors have been identified, including age, family history, diet, sedentary lifestyle, and obesity.”

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