What causes type 2 diabetes if it's ot sugar?
There are a number of factors that can contribute to type 2 diabetes. This is a mixture of genetic factors (i.e your born with genes that make you predisposed to diabetes) and things that you do, such as eating and exercise.
If you are of south Asian origin or African-Caribbean origin you are 5 times more likely to develop diabetes than someone who is Caucasian. Type 2 diabetes also often runs in the family and the older you are the greater your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
There seems to be a strong link between excess body fat and type 2 diabetes. For people who are overweight or obese the cells in their body become less responsive to insulin over time. 80% of people who develop type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese and have a large waist.
So there is a strong mix of factors you can influence and genetic factors you cannot. Sugar does not directly cause diabetes, but it can cause obesity if taken in excess often which can lead to diabetes.
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