IntroductionI don’t know who started this myth but it is not true. The fact is about 20% of those who have type 2 diabetes are not overweight at all. And they say that most people who have type 1 diabetes are not fat either. We understand though how this myth started because we hear a lot that the main cause of diabetes is the extra weight we carry around. Let’s start to demystify that, shall we?
Only Fat People Get DiabetesThe National Institutes of Health reported that among obese people, only about 33% get diabetes, In addition, the NIH also reported the number of people who get type 2 diabetes is around 20%. Now this is different from type 1 diabetes. Most of those who are diagnosed are either slim or of normal weight. Why? It is because type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease.
If you want proof, just look at the statistics on high percentage of type 2 diabetes occurring in slim Japanese people. And it is not only among the Japanese. Other Asians who are found to be insulin-resistant are slim. These statistics just show that not only fat people get diabetes but also among the slim population.
You don’t have to be overweight to get diabetes. It plays a role in developing diabetes but being fat does not mean you will be diabetic. Genetics play a role too. Regardless of excess weight not being a factor in getting a diabetes diagnosis, it is better to try to reach a healthy weight as not only will it make you feel better but also you will generally be more healthy if you try to lose unnecessary weight.
While excess weight is definitely a factor in developing type 2 diabetes, it doesn’t mean that you’ll “get it” if you’re fat. Genetics plays a huge role in type 2 diabetes. -Now diabetes experts agree that being overweight is not the only cause for this condition. That is why we should not believe when people think and say that only fat people get diabetes. In fact, the diabetes experts agree that the underlying causes are very complicated and to make matter worse some causes are still not known.
Besides all of the above, getting diabetes depends on the genes we have. Then there is the interaction among the fat metabolism, glucose and insulin action. Can you imagine trying to untangle all that? No wonder up to now they have not discovered the cure to treat diabetes. There are so many factors that play a role, how each one affects a person and then there is the fact that no two people are alike. Yikes!
And here’s a secret, and don’t tell anybody else. They say that just because a person is thin does not mean he is healthy. This is already a theory – that thin people could be fat inside. Why? Because they may look slim but inside their internal organs may be covered with fat. Oh, I don’t even want to think of that.
ConclusionNow that you know not only fat people get diabetes, I hope this will not stop us from doing the right things to get better. We will not let any diabetes myth get us down. No matter what, we just move on and do the best we can to stay healthy. We have to eat foods that will keep us healthy so incorporate something like this in your meals: Discover The Amazing Power of coconut oil Finally, the secret of coconut oil is exposed! It does not really hard to do this because we already know what to do. Eat right and exercise. And oh, get enough sleep and manage your stress. .
By Roger Guzman, M.D. and Evelyn Guzman
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