Abstract: the diabetes mellitus sickness rate growth is considered to be a worldwide problem and its vitality has been going up year-on-year. Despite the increasing pandemic of diabetes, its awareness is regarded as low. The current review discusses potential risk factors of the type 2 diabetes. The author analyses the foreign scientists’ study results published within the last decade. Special attention is drawn to modifiable risk factors. In some cases, their elimination can reverse the illness.
Keywords: type 2 diabetes mellitus, modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors, obesity, heredity, arterial hypertension, stress, smoking