DIABETES CARE

How Do You Get Diabetes? Four Lesser-Known Causes

By Temma Ehrenfeld  @temmaehrenfeld
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March 30, 2017

2. Your genes make a difference.  

You can be pre-diabetic or even diabetic without being obese, if you have a genetic tendency to develop ectopic fat.

Some obese people don’t have the tendency towards ectopic fat and have less risk of diabetes. However, losing weight, especially around the belly, will still help protect them from the disease and boost their health in many other ways as well. To lose invisible ectopic fat, people generally need to lose visible fat, too.

 

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Updated:  

February 28, 2020

Reviewed By:  

Janet O’Dell, RN