1. You don't have to be overweight to develop type 2 diabetes. You might imagine the typical type 2 patient to be heavy and inactive—and think you're in the clear if you don't fit that description. But more and more, the condition is becoming a problem for the young and thin, too. About 15 percent of people with type 2 diabetes aren't overweight—but that doesn't mean that they're healthy. The culprit is what has become known as "skinny-fat." Translation: You might look healthy on the outside, but any number of unhealthy habits will have your insides behaving as if you are obese—putting you at risk of developing diabetes.
5. Diet and exercise aren't the only important factors in reducing your risk. It's true that dropping even 10 pounds significantly slashes your risk of developing diabetes, but monitoring your diet and exercise sometimes overshadows two other important things that need your attention: sleep and stress. Chronic stress can make your blood-sugar levels skyrocket, and regularly getting less than six hours of shut-eye can double your diabetes risk. To stay at your healthiest, eat well and get your exercise, but also find a source of relaxation and make sure you're getting enough sleep
Blood tests are the only surefire way to predict your diabetes risk.
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