Can I Get Type 2 Diabetes from Being Overweight?

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Can I Get Type 2 Diabetes from Being Overweight?

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What is Type 2 Diabetes?  It is when the pancreas is unable to release enough insulin in the blood to eliminate the glucose (sugar) levels.  The disease affects about 27 million people in the United States. There are another 86 million people living with Prediabetes, meaning blood sugar levels are high, but not quite in the range that’s considered diabetic. 

 

Overweight people have a higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Having excess fat and being inactive cause insulin resistance, which is when the body does not use insulin efficiently to remove sugar from the blood. If not reversed through diet and exercise, Prediabetes becomes Diabetes. Due to these factors, over 90% of overweight people have the disease.