Can Skinny People Get Diabetes?

Yes, even skinny people can get diabetes.  While the percentage of thin people acquiring diabetes may be low, there is still a possibility.

Eight-five percent of all people with diabetes are overweight or considered to be medically obese.  The risk for developing type 2 diabetes may be lower if you are thin, but the possibility still exists. The key to getting diabetes is belly fat.  A person may appear to be thin, but if they have excess fat around the waste, they may be prone to getting diabetes.

Weight is not the only contributing factor, which is why a skinny person can be prone to diabetes.  Genetics may play a role in high blood pressure, which contributes to diabetes.  Again, the person may not appear to be overweight, but they may have high blood pressure which contributes to diabetes.

A skinny person may also have high blood sugar and develop diabetes whether they are overweight or not.  Ethnicity also plays a significant role in a person getting diabetes or not.  Asians are more prone to developing diabetes, and although for the most part are not overweight, they are genetically predisposed to developing high blood pressure a contributing factor to diabetes.

If you have a family history of diabetes, no matter if you have weight to lose or not, you may be prone to developing diabetes.

Suzanne Somers

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