Diabetes type 2 symptoms include having an unquenchable thirst, and passing more urine than normal – particularly at night – according to the NHS.
The condition is caused by the body not producing enough of the hormone insulin.
A lack of insulin prevents the body from converting sugar in the blood into energy.
You should see your GP if you think you have the condition. These are the risk factors for diabetes.
“About 90 per cent of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes,” said charity Diabetes UK.
“It can come on slowly, usually over the age of 40.
“The signs may not be obvious, or there may be no signs at all, therefore it might be up to 10 years before you find out you have it.
“That’s why it’s very important to know the risk factors and find out your risk, so you can do something about it.”
Your risk of diabetes increases as you get older. You’re more at risk of the condition if you’re white and over 40 years old.
If you’re African-Caribbean, Black African, or South Asian, you’re more at risk if you’re over 25 years old, the charity said.
People of South Asian, African-Caribbean or Black African descent are also up to four times more likely to develop diabetes.
You’re up to six times more likely to get type 2 diabetes if you have a close family member with the condition.
If you’ve ever had high blood pressure, you could be more at risk of diabetes.
You’re also more at risk of the condition if you’re overweight – especially if you’re large around the middle.
You can prevent diabetes by eating a healthy, balanced diet, the NHS said.
Regularly exercising and cutting back on alcohol could also help to lower your risk.