I am 13 years old, very underweight, and I do not have diabetes. However, all I eat every day is junk food (chocolate, chips, ice cream, etc.), so I'm wondering if people who are skinny can get type 2 diabetes because they eat too much fatty and sugary stuff. Can they get type 1?
Slim people are less at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but it still occurs. However, there is no evidence that it's related to eating sweet foods.
Most people who develop type 1 are slim but, again, this is not related to what you eat. The cause is unknown but may be due to viruses and higher genetic risk.
Original posting 24 Oct 2002
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention
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