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Type 2 diabetes is often linked to being overweight. That means there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing it.
Around 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes . If you maintain a healthy weight, you can reduce your risk of developing the condition.
If you think that you may already have symptoms of diabetes , see your doctor.
There are no lifestyle changes that can lower your risk of type 1 diabetes .
If you are overweight or obese , you're at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
You can find out if you're a healthy weight by calculating your BMI using our healthy weight calculator .
For most people in the UK, if your BMI is 25 or above, you are in the overweight range, while a BMI of 30 or above puts you in the obese range.
However, some groups have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than white populations.
These groups are advised to maintain a BMI lower than the standard 25. The advice is:
Although the evidence is less clear-cut, black people and other minority groups are also advised to maintain a BMI below 25, to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes.
BMI isn't the only important measurement when it comes to your diabetes risk. Your waistline may also indicate that you're carrying extra body fat, and are therefore at risk.
Find out more about why waist size is important and how to measure it accurately.
If you lose excess weight, you'll lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
A healthy diet and physical activity are the key to a healthy weight, but that doesn't have to mean going on a strict diet and spending hours at the gym.
Find out more about losing weight the healthy way and start today.
A number of other risk factors can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, most of which can't be controlled.
If you have any of these risk factors, you should maintain a healthy weight to ensure that your risk of diabetes doesn't increase further.
Find out more about the causes of type 2 diabetes .
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.