I was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic 5 weeks ago. The culprit is, most likely my having been on statin drugs to treat hereditary high blood cholesterol for the past 17 years.
That being said, I was fewer than ten pounds overweight (BMI was maybe about 26 or so) when I'd been diagnosed. And the being overweight stemmed from what I thought was a metabolic meltdown caused by my going through a "secret, second part of postmenopause". I'd fought that weight gain tooth and nail and kept it to under 20 pounds, at first .. then I started doing a little more cardio (from having been a devout yogini w/ active practice much of the time) and the weight had started coming off ...BUT
In the back of my mind I wondered why others going through that second part of postmenopause who were susceptible to that, didn't seem to talk about it online ...
About 10-15% of Type 2 diabetics are at an ideal weight (some for years before their diagnosis) when they are diagnosed.
Most obese people, even those with a BMI over 40, never develop diabetes. Many of those who do develop diabetes, especially if it develops after age 50, have mild disease (glycosylated hemoglobin under 7 percent) and are not at high risk of complications.
• Although 85 percent of type 2 diabetics have a BMI over 25, so do 60 percent of the US adult population. High BMIs are even more common in people over age 40, which is when the vast majority of type 2 diabetes first develops.
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