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Does everybody who is obese get diabetes?

04/28/2010

Question:

If a person is obese does that mean they will automatically get diabetes? How long do they have to be obese before they get Diabetes?

Answer:

Not everybody who is obese gets diabetes and there is not a very precise duration of obesity before developing diabetes but the development of diabetes from obesity is fairly common and increasing in frequency. It is hard to draw conclusions for any one person based on statistics for a large population. Family history is a strong factor but not the only factor. Please see the following link for more information.

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Response by:

Robert M Cohen, MD Robert M Cohen, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati