Can a Thin Person Get Type 2 Diabetes?

NewLifeOutlook TeamNewLifeOutlook Team
Apr 27, 2016

The idea that only the seriously overweight develop type 2 diabetes is a misconception — thinner people can still have dangerous metabolic issues.

Watch the video above to learn more about the factors that can lead to people in a normal weight range developing type 2 diabetes, or read the written summary below.

Research shows that diabetics in a normal weight range are twice as likely to die from a heart attack or stroke as those patients who are overweight or obese. However, thinner diabetics also tend to have an easier time reversing their dangerous metabolic issues.

Recent research suggests that the following aspects could be contributing to the surge in metabolic obesity among people who maintain a normal weight.

Waist Circumference

One way to know if your waist measurement is dangerous is to convert your height to inches and divide the number by two — that’s your maximum waist circumference limit.


A sedentary life leads not only to a potentially flabby body but it can also drive up your chances of developing diabetes.

Personal Fat Threshold

It can be difficult to know where on the scale your particular threshold lies, but taking steps to decrease your body fat percentage could bring your glucose tolerance back to normal.

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