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A lot of factors have been known to affect type 2 diabetes. There are certain factors that can be changed like, weight, exercise and stress taken, whereas there are those factors which are constant and unchangeable like race, age, gender and family history. The important point is to be aware of all factors so appropriate steps can be taken to lower the risk of developing diabetes.

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It has been seen that certain racial groups and ethnicities are at higher risk for developing type 1 diabetes while some are more prone to developing type 2 diabetes.

In the United States, Caucasians seem to be more prone to type 1 than African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans. Chinese and South Americans have a lower risk of developing type 1.

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African Americans, Mexican Americans, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans are more prone to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. This is partially because these people are more likely to be overweight and have high blood pressure, largely because of lack of resources  –  financial as well as social. There is also a lack of awareness which could result in these specific populations being more susceptible to the diabetic condition.

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(Health inequalities in type 2 diabetes care and its complications and co-morbidities exist globally. There are many factors that contribute to these differences, including genetic and scientific factors, as well as health care and social factors.

Inspite of progress in the field of medicine and increasing access to medical care, inequalities in health care still persist. These inequalities separate the Haves from the Have-nots and this gap is very difficult to bridge, resulting in the poor becoming poorer, sick becoming sicker and on the, the rich becoming richer and healthy becoming healthier.)

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