The No. 1 Cause of Diabetes

Being overweight or obese is strongly linked to type 2 diabetes,hence the new medical term diabesity. Diabesity is a disease with enormous potential to cause ill effects on the body

1. Being Overweight

in the long run,says endocrinologist Jay Waddadar,MD.Diabesity is a silent disease that damages your body if it's not controlled,even while you feel fine.Obesity can make diabetes significantly worse

Sitting for prolonged periods in the day—even if you exercise—can lead to diabetes.

2. Sitting For Prolonged Periods

One study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine showed that women were especially in danger of developing insulin resistance as a result of sitting too much.

Preventing diabetes is more than just not sitting all day—exercise is extremely important in helping manage blood sugar. "We now have evidence that physical activity

3. No Physical Exercise

is an important part of the daily maintenance of glucose levels," says John Thyfault, Ph.D. "It is recommended that people take about 10,000 steps each day.

Prediabetes is a condition where your blood sugar is higher than normal, and if not treated, can lead to type 2 diabetes. "The way I explain prediabetes to my patients

4. You Have Prediabetes

is that your body is struggling to keep your blood glucose levels in a healthy range," says nutritionist Lauren Antonucci,RD."You shouldn't panic,but you should start making real changes in your diet

There is growing evidence that cutting back on carbs can lower the risk of diabetes, even if no weight is lost. "There's no doubt that people with metabolic syndrome

5. Eating Too Many Carbohydrates

and type 2 diabetes do better on low-carb diets, but they typically lose weight and one of the prevailing thoughts is that the weight loss is driving the improvements.

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