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Does Being Overweight or Obese Mean Type 2 Diabetes Is a Given?

If I am overweight or obese, will I develop type 2 diabetes?
 

Answer

Being overweight or obese is a major risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. People are considered overweight when their body mass index (BMI) is greater than or equal to 25 kg/m2 and obese when their BMI is greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2. It has been estimated that 80 percent of newly diagnosed cases of diabetes are caused by obesity. This doesn't mean that you will for sure develop diabetes; it just means you have a higher chance compared to someone with a lower BMI. 
 
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