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Does obesity mean you need a diabetes test?

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You’ll want to check with your doctor to find out if your blood sugar level is in the normal range. If you find out that you have prediabetes or diabetes, you’ll want to start treatment right away. You might need to take medicine for it, but if you can lose enough weight through diet and exercise, you may be able to cut back on, or even stop, those medications.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?”

Mayo Clinic: “High Blood Pressure (Hypertension),” “Osteoarthritis,” “Gallstones.”

American Heart Association: “Coronary Artery Disease -- Coronary Heart Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is a Stroke?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Type 2 Diabetes.”

National Cancer Institute: “Uncovering the Mechanisms Linking Obesity and Cancer Risk.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Sleep Apnea.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: “Obesity and Reproduction: A Committee Opinion.”

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 09, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?”

Mayo Clinic: “High Blood Pressure (Hypertension),” “Osteoarthritis,” “Gallstones.”

American Heart Association: “Coronary Artery Disease -- Coronary Heart Disease.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What is a Stroke?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Type 2 Diabetes.”

National Cancer Institute: “Uncovering the Mechanisms Linking Obesity and Cancer Risk.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Sleep Apnea.”

American Society for Reproductive Medicine: “Obesity and Reproduction: A Committee Opinion.”

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 09, 2018

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