If you are overweight and worried about diabetes, you no doubt feel some shame and self doubt. Everything you read, and every doctor, recommends weight loss. Of course, if you could lose weight and keep it off you would. But if you can’t, here’s some contrary information that can ease your mind.

Jenny Ruhl is the author of Your Diabetes Questions Answered and Blood Sugar 101. She’s additionally had a lot of experience with various diets and has some words of caution about the trend of intermittent fasting.

I’m not a doctor and passing this article on, like all of the articles we share, is not an endorsement. Even doctors and other experts disagree on this subject. But I think it’s important for us to look beyond weight for health solutions. Not everyone can lose weight and keep it off in healthy ways. And even if we could, slim women also get diabetes.

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