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Most people think that Type II diabetes (the kind of diabetes that people are not born with) is for old, obese people who have led horribly unhealthy lives and deserve the disease (or at least that’s what it seems like when you listen to the majority of doctors, television shows and other media sources). But, the truth is that diabetes now has a younger and often thinner face.

Much of this has to do with the unhealthy diet that most Americans follow — full of too many carbohydrates and fried foods and practically devoid of actual nutrients. But, a bigger contributor to diabetes is something people can’t control — their genetics. The truth is the majority of overweight and even morbidly obese people do not have diabetes. That’s a shock to most people (and an unfair fact to those of us who do.) Those overweight people were blessed with better genetics and weight that distributes more evenly (because it is weight that settles around your midsection that contributes most to diabetes.)

Personally, I was cursed with so many high-risk diabetes factors that it’s not surprising I found out I had the disease before I was even a quarter-century old. But, yes, I fully accept that I am also to blame, though I know for a fact I have long made better food choices than the majority of people my own age who don’t have the disease (I only hope it doesn’t eventually catch up with them as well).

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