It’s not just “diabetes”
Most people don’t understand the major differences between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. (There are actually five types of diabetes, but these are the most common). Type 1 diabetes typically has its onset in childhood or young adulthood. The immune system destroys insulin-releasing cells, eventually completely eliminating insulin production. The body’s cells need insulin to absorb sugar for energy.
In type 2 diabetes, the body is unable to use insulin correctly. As the disease progresses, the pancreas may make less insulin, resulting in insulin deficiency. Type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed in adulthood.
I didn’t ask for this
Yes, you may prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes with healthy diet and exercise. And yes, being overweight or obese increases your risk. But thin people can also develop diabetes, not every overweight person gets diabetes, and genetics play a role (people with a family history of diabetes have a higher risk). As for type 1 diabetes? There’s absolutely nothing that can prevent its onset. In other words, I don’t have diabetes just because I, say, ate too much candy. It’s not that simple.