Do I have a risk of developing diabetes?

These are factors that increase your risk of developing diabetes:


  • Being overweight: For Asians, a BMI (BMI = body mass index = bodyweight in kg divided by height squared in metres) greater than 23 kg/m²  is considered overweight. For other ethnicities such as African, Black American, Caucasian, Middle Easterner and Latin American, a BMI greater than 25 kg/m² is considered overweight. For “Other” ethnicities in which there is no scientifically validated data, Glucolife will use a BMI of greater than 23 kg/m² as overweight, which may overestimate the risk of disease.

  • Physical inactivity: The greater your inactivity, the greater your risk. Your Aktivo Score® can be used to improve your physical activity.

  • Low dietary fibre intake: You can increase your fibre intake by following recommendations in the recipe section.

  • Having a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes.

  • Age: Your risk of developing diabetes increases as you get older.

  • Smoking: The more cigarettes you smoke per day, the greater your risk of type 2 diabetes.

  • Too much alcohol can make you gain weight and increase your BMI.

  • Some ethnicities are prone to diabetes, especially Asians, Africans and Hispanics.