You have the body to die for and you’ve never had to work hard to maintain your long-limbed, flat-bellied frame. You’re probably one of those people blessed with a fast metabolism who can eat just about anything – burgers, milkshakes, chips, you name it – and not put on any weight.
Before you nod and call yourself lucky, it’s time for a wake up call.
According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, four in every ten “skinny fat people” like yourself have high blood sugar by the time they are 45-60 years and are therefore likely to have prediabetes. So, what should you do to prevent prevent prediabetes?
Type 2 diabetes patients are no longer older, heavy and inactive
The number of diabetes-related hospitalizations among people in their thirties has doubled in the past decade. A condition that can take half a lifetime to develop has suddenly become a young person’s problem. This led researchers from the University of Florida in the USA to track data from more than 1,000 people living in England. The study subjects all had healthy weight and no diagnosis of diabetes.
They found that the study subjects who lead an inactive lifestyle were more likely to have blood sugar levels of 5.7 or more compared to those who exercised regularly. Overall, 25% of all inactive study subjects and 40% of study subjects over the age of 45 had prediabetes. Furthermore, they were able to prove that people who are “skinny fat” and don’t exercise are at heightened risk of prediabetes because they’re metabolically unhealthy.
What you can do to avoid being metabolically unhealthy
According to the researchers, people who we would consider to be at healthy weight – ie not overweight or obese – aren’t metabolically healthy. Researchers stress that you should never overlook a sedentary lifestyle when you think of weighing a healthy weight They also stress that we shouldn’t focus only on calorie intake, weight or body mass index at the expense of activity. So, don’t focus solely on the scale and think you’re OK. If you have a sedentary lifestyle, here are a few ways you can exercise:
- Park far away
- Take the stairs instead of elevators
- If possible, walk or bike to work
- When you go to the grocery store, make it a habit to walk the entire store
- Take a short walk-break at work
- Do your own gardening
- Play with your kids
- Put on your favorite music and dance
- Walk while you talk on the phone
- Stand up to change channels
- Choose active entertainment over passive entertainment