Do people with a family history of diabetes have a higher chance of getting type 2 diabetes? Is sugar the main cause of diabetes? Can thin people get type 2 diabetes? Deborah Wexler, M.D., Endocrinologist and Clinical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Diabetes Center, discusses type 2 diabetes and who is at risk of getting it.

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0:00 – Intro
0:15 – True or False: My family doesn’t have diabetes, so I won’t either.
0:48 – True or False: Giving birth to a baby over 9 pounds increases your chances of diabetes.
1:25 – True or False: Too much sugar causes diabetes.
2:07 – True or False: People with type 2 diabetes shouldn’t eat carbohydrates.
2:38 – True or False: In men, a waist over 40 inches is a sign of diabetes.
3:12 – True or False: Skinny people can’t get diabetes.
3:43 – True or False: It’s best to avoid medications in order to treat diabetes.

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Type 2 Diabetes: Facts and Misconceptions You Should Know | Mass General Brigham