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what increases risk for diabetes?

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Dr. Louis Krenn
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Being overweight: Obesity is a large risk factor for developing diabetes. A family history of diabetes can increase your risk as well.
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Underlying cause: As many have stated, being obese is a big risk factor. Fam hx plays a role. Suggest thinking about it from the standpoint of what creates resistance to Insulin in our body. High body fat/low body muscle (even in the absence of obesity) does this. Some evidence suggests diets high in processed foods can. Soda (prob even diet) & simple carbs (pasta, crackers, etc). Don't forget alcohol's carbs.
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Not sugar: Diabetes is not related to your intake of sugar; actually sugar has few calories, but they are empty calories without nutrition. Adult (or type 2) diabetes is more common as you get older, if you have a family history of diabetes -- and is 70-90% related to weight. As you gain weight you become more resistant to Insulin until your pancreas is overwhelmed. It's the only risk factor you can control.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Obesity: Obesity increases risk of type 2 diabetes. Genetics play a significant role in both type 1 and type 2.

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