Type 2 Diabetes in Young Women: Thin Outside, Fat Inside

Stunning actress Halle Berry. serves as a reminder that thin people can be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Actress Halle Berry was diagnosed at the age of 22  after she collapsed while filming a TV show and slipped into a weeklong coma. Diabetes can affect everyone, and celebrities are no exception.

According to an article in Women’s Health:

Type 2 Diabetes in Women: Young, Slim  and Diabetics

The CDC estimates that one in nine adults has diabetes and, if current trends continue, one in three will be diabetic by the year 2050. For decades, typical type 2 patients were labeled as heavy and inactive. They were also older, often receiving a diagnosis in middle age or beyond. But while such type 2 cases continue to skyrocket, there has been a disturbing increase in a much younger set.

The number of diabetes-related hospitalizations among people in their thirties  has doubled in the past decade, with women 1.3 times more likely to be admitted  than men. Perhaps even more troubling is the enormous number of people age 20 or  older with prediabetes: 65 million, up from 57 million in 2007.

So, one may wonder what could possibly be causing this new epidemic? Well, molecular imaging expert Jimmy Bell, M.D., studies a condition he calls  TOFI—thin outside, fat inside. Nearly undetectable from a person’s appearance,  TOFI happens when fat that would normally build up under your skin (hello,  thunder thighs!) gloms onto your abdominal organs instead. This visceral fat is way worse than any muffin-top chub—it can cause  inflammatory substances to affect your liver and pancreas, and lower your  insulin sensitivity, putting you at risk for type 2. “With TOFI, you might look  slim,” says Bell, “but your insides are behaving as if you are obese.”

TOFI : 3 Risk Factors

  • Neglecting exercise and regulating weight through food choice alone: This behavior is unhealthy. Turns out that breaking a sweat is a key in lowing blood sugar
  • Yo-Yo Dieting: Each time you lose weight through dieting you also lose muscle and each time you regain that weight you gain only fat. Therefore yo-yo dieters lose the muscle mass that would help them burn visceral fat and control blood sugar.
  • Stress:When your mind is taxed, your body produces the stress hormone cortisol to  give you a jolt of energy. Problem is, cortisol also temporarily elevates blood  sugar—a diabetes danger if you’re tense all the time.

All in all, just because you’re young and thin does not excuse you from educating yourself about healthy living. Eat right, exercise and don’t stress yourself to look like the the young celebrities on TV.

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