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One-Third of Slim American Adults Have Pre-Diabetes

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  • Among normal-weight individuals, those who were inactive were more likely to have an A1C level of 5.7 or higher, which is considered to be pre-diabetic
  • Among all the normal-weight inactive participants (aged 20 and over), about one-quarter were either pre-diabetic or diabetic
  • When only those inactive people aged 40 and over were analyzed, the percentage rose to 40 percent
  • Inactivity increases your risk of pre-diabetes even if you’re not overweight or obese

By Dr. Mercola

It's often assumed that in order to develop type 2 diabetes, you have to be overweight. While it's true that excess weight is clearly associated with insulin resistance and diabetes, it's the insulin resistance — not necessarily the weight gain — that drives the disease.


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