Type 2 diabetes is also referred to as adult-onset diabetes. The pancreas either does not create enough insulin, or the person’s body does not appropriately use the insulin it makes. When you have type 2 diabetes, sugar builds up in your bloodstream instead of being used for energy. Many factors can increase the chances of getting type 2 diabetes, such as: family history, high blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight or having high cholesterol. Race can also increase the chances of having type 2 diabetes: Aboriginal, Hispanic, African, Asian or South Asian are populations that generally have a higher risk.