Is It Possible to be Skinny and a Type 2 Diabetic?

When people think of someone with Type 2 Diabetes, they often picture someone who is obese. But being severely overweight isn’t the only factor that contributes to Type 2 Diabetes. About 15% of those with Type 2 Diabetes are considered thin. Certainly, the extra pounds can contribute to developing the disease, but the extra weight is not necessarily a cause. Type 2 results from high blood sugar, and there can be many underlying circumstances or root causes of that.

Because of the association with being overweight, those with a healthier waistline tend to overlook the warning signs of the disease, making the effects of it much worse. Because of this, it is important to understand the underlying risk factors in thin people.

A few of these are:

  • Genetics

  • Stress

  • Fatty liver

  • Inflammation

Some of these risk factors are more noticeable than others. To know if you are genetically at risk, look at your family history. If one of your parents or grandparents have the disease, there is a good chance that a Diabetes risk runs in your family. Likewise, stress can be easily measured. The unseen risks, however, are more problematic. Since medical imaging is needed to diagnose a fatty liver or inflammation, the factors often are undiagnosed or asymptomatic until it is too late.

Even though the risk factors are slightly different, both thin and overweight people share a common method to manage or prevent Diabetes: exercise. When you are active, your muscles use up 20 times the amount of glucose than when resting. For anyone, moderate aerobic exercise 3-4 days makes a difference in blood sugar levels. In addition, eating a low carbohydrate diet can prevent and reverse the effects of the disease.

If you are managing Type 2 Diabetes, it is important to have a diet and exercise plan. Let Advanced Functional Medicine can guide you in developing a diet plan to help you control or eliminate your Type 2 Diabetes.

Advanced Functional Medicine offers a whole new way to understand and look at chronic illnesses from diabetes to heart disease; autoimmune disease to fibromyalgia; thyroid to anxiety, and more. Dr. Matthew Willis, DC, DABCI and Dr. Sonia Mohan, MD are dedicated to treating the root causes.

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