At what BMI does the risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) increase?

Updated: Jul 13, 2021
  • Author: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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The body mass index (BMI) at which excess weight increases risk for diabetes varies with different racial groups. For example, compared with persons of European ancestry, persons of Asian ancestry are at increased risk for diabetes at lower levels of overweight. [44] Hypertension and prehypertension are associated with a greater risk of developing diabetes in whites than in African Americans. [45]

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