WOMAN'S WEEKLY|June 02, 2020
It’s caused by obesity
Not everyone who has type 2 (T2) diabetes is obese. In fact, only half of those who have it are in the obese range. ‘There are 10% in the normal range,’ says Professor Roy Taylor, a leading diabetes expert. ‘And four out of 10 people are in the overweight range.’ Research by him and his team at Newcastle University suggests that T2 diabetes is caused, not by obesity specifically, but by the storage of too much fat for your body, particularly in your liver and pancreas, affecting their ability to help regulate the levels of sugar in your blood.
When your body takes on more calories than it burns, it stores them as fat. First, safely, under the skin. Then, less safely, in your liver and pancreas. 'All it lakes is half a gram of extra fat inside the pancreas,' says Professor Taylor. 'There's a bit of the luck of the draw mixed in because, if a person's insulin-producing cells are not susceptible to fat excess, then they're unlikely to get type 2 diabetes. If they are, then they will.'
It’s a lifelong disease
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June 02, 2020