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9 Surprising Things That Increase Diabetes Risk

Diabetes is not just about weight.

When thinking about diabetes, many people attribute the disease to obesity. But more than 29 million people in the U.S.—almost 10% of the population—have diabetes, and not all of them are overweight. This mistaken idea about the cause of diabetes may lead many people into a false sense of security, because there are more risk factors than just weight. In fact, about 25% of people with diabetes (regardless of their weight) don’t know they have it. Be aware of these lesser-known factors to take charge of your own diabetes risk.

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