Can young or thin people get type 2 diabetes?

If you think they can’t, think again.


There is a certain stereotype of a person afflicted with type 2 diabetes as being overweight and inactive, like a couch potato chain-munching on Twinkies, and may be even smoking at the same time.

And the breaking news is, thin people get it, too.

The risk for developing type 2 diabetes is smaller if you’re thin but still, it’s real.   There is no standard definition for thin, says Everyday Health website.   Besides, weight isn’t the only contributing factor; this has to be in your genes.   If your parent or a sibling has T2D, you have at a greater than 3 times higher risk of developing it, too, compared with those that have no family history.

Genetics may explain why (some) thin folks develop type 2 diabetes while (some) of the overweight ones don’t.  And that is the truth.

Then there are lifestyle choices that put one at risk for T2D; these can happen to the thin people, too.  Such as high triglycerides and high blood pressure, inactivity and smoking.  These will put you at risk for developing T2D regardless of weight.

Moreover, despite the fact that T2D aka adult-onset diabetes is common among middle-aged and ‘older’ people, it actually can happen at any age, even during childhood.  Even athletes are not immune from it.  I will blog later about it.

BOTTOM LINE:  even if you’re young and thin, you can be at risk for diabetes, especially if you have a family history of T2D or if you smoke.



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3 Responses to Can young or thin people get type 2 diabetes?

  1. Thanks for your comment, Tessa

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  2. Tessa says:

    I have a thin friend with T2 worse than mine and he’s had it longer than me. I knew it wasn’t just for those of us that are overweight. My mom had it, my daughter is fighting it. She had gestational diabetes twice.

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