Type 2 diabetes used to be known as maturity-onset, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes. It develops mainly in people older than the age of 40 (but can also occur in younger people). In the UK about one in 20 people aged over 65 and around one in five people aged over 85 have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is now becoming more common in children and in young people.
The number of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing in the UK, as it is more common in people who are overweight or obese. It also tends to run in families. It is around five times more common in South Asian and African-Caribbean people (often developing before the age of 40 in this group). It is estimated that there are around 750,000 people in the UK with type 2 diabetes who have not yet been diagnosed with the condition.
Other risk factors for type 2 diabetes include:
Diabetes UK have produced a risk score to help you calculate your risk of developing diabetes.
Please follow this link to visit the site: http://www.diabetes.org.uk/riskscore