Diabetes and obesity: Learn about misconceptions

Posted on 04 January 2018

In the run-up to National Obesity Awareness Week (8th January to 14th January), new research from The BMJ claims that sugar could be a main contributor to rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Studies like this can lead to ‘obesity and diabetes’ headlines in the press.

However, there’s no link between type 1 diabetes and obesity, explains Paz Garcia, Research Communications and Engagement Officer at JDRF, “Remember that type 1 diabetes is different from type 2, and from all the other types of diabetes.”

“Type 1 diabetes affects people of all ages, stages, shapes and sizes, and is not linked to diet or lifestyle, so no amount of exercise or controlling your diet can help prevent type 1 diabetes.”

Links between type 2 diabetes and obesity are well-known, with research indicating a five-fold increase in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes if obese, compared to a ‘normal’ weight(*). But type 2 is not always linked to lifestyle.

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(*). NHS Health Survey for England, 2015