If you think they can’t, think again.
There is a certain stereotype of a person afflicted with type 2 diabetes as being overweight and inactive, like a couch potato chain-munching on Twinkies, and may be even smoking at the same time.
And the breaking news is, thin people get it, too.
The risk for developing type 2 diabetes is smaller if you’re thin but still, it’s real. There is no standard definition for thin, says Everyday Health website. Besides, weight isn’t the only contributing factor; this has to be in your genes. If your parent or a sibling has T2D, you have at a greater than 3 times higher risk of developing it, too, compared with those that have no family history.
Genetics may explain why (some) thin folks develop type 2 diabetes while (some) of the overweight ones don’t. And that is the truth.
Then there are lifestyle choices that…
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Stereotypes are so destructive. Especially when they get int eh way of health.
I referred your blog to the TUDiabetes.org blog page for the week of June 20, 2016.