Diabetes type 2 is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin.
Around 3.7 million people in the UK have diabetes – 90 per cent of which are caused by type 2 diabetes.
Common diabetes symptoms include blurred vision, extreme fatigue, and having cuts or wounds that take longer to heal.
But you could also be at risk of high blood sugar if you have an apple body shape, it’s been claimed.
A patient with an apple body shape iOS more likely to develop diabetes than someone with a pear body shape, according to health and weight loss consultant surgeon, Dr Sally Norton.
An apple body shape describes someone with broad shoulders, and more weight around their tummy.
A pear body shape is someone with hip measurements larger than their stomach and bust.
“Type 2 diabetes is more common if you have more weight around the middle – an apple rather than a pear – even if you aren’t particularly overweight,” Dr Norton, who is from VavistaLife, told Express.co.uk.
Being overweight is one of the biggest risk factors for diabetes. While any overweight person can be at risk of the high blood sugar condition, those who carry it on their belly are most at risk.
Having an apple body shape could also increase the risk of some heart-related health conditions.
You could also be at risk of diabetes if you have extreme weight loss, warned Dr Norton.
“Diabetes can also cause extreme weight loss in type 1 diabetics, though type 2 diabetes is often associated with being overweight,” she said.
“People with type 1 diabetes are often younger and may experience more dramatic and occasionally serious complications.
“People may also feel very tired – but this can be caused by all sorts of things.
“The commonest symptoms are needing to pee a lot more than usual as well as feeling excessively thirsty.”
Managing blood sugar is crucial for diabetes patients, as they’re more at risk of developing some life-threatening conditions, including heart disease and strokes.
A number of people could have diabetes without even realising it, because the symptoms may not necessarily make you feel unwell.
Those most at risk are people over 40 years old, are overweight, or have a close relative with diabetes.
The earlier diabetes is diagnosed, the earlier treatment can be started.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the signs or symptoms of diabetes.