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Who can get type 2 diabetes?

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People who are obese -- more than 20% over their ideal body weight for their height -- are at particularly high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and its related medical problems. Obese people have insulin resistance. With insulin resistance, the pancreas has to work overly hard to produce more insulin. But even then, there is not enough insulin to keep sugars normal.

From: Types of Diabetes Mellitus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Frequently Asked Questions about Pre-Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Type 2 Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "The Dangerous Toll of Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Gestational Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "About Insulin and Other Drugs."

National Library of Medicine: "Diabetes."

National Diabetes Education Project: "About Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): "National Diabetes Statistics, 2011."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 16, 2019

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Frequently Asked Questions about Pre-Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Type 2 Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "The Dangerous Toll of Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "Gestational Diabetes."

American Diabetes Association: "About Insulin and Other Drugs."

National Library of Medicine: "Diabetes."

National Diabetes Education Project: "About Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC): "National Diabetes Statistics, 2011."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 16, 2019

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