What is a risk factor?

Have you ever heard this concept? For example the weight is a risk factor for diabetes. Well here we explain what you mean and you have listed the most common risk factors in her health area.


It is known as a risk factor every trait, characteristic or exposure of an individual that increases your -riesgo- chance of getting a disease, infection or injury.

We are exposed to certain disease, infection or injury depending on the risk factors involved and the result, that is, if we get sick or not it depends on the interaction of various risk factors.

Risk factors common in the health area

Sources; WHO: Risk factors. Retrieved on May 21, 2012, Collective, T. B. (2011). Our Bodies, Ourselves.The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective. (J. Norsigian, Ed.) Boston: Touchstone.