Excess weight is the number one risk factor for type 2 diabetes. A person who is over weight or obese is 90 times likely to develop type 2 diabetes according to health.Com. Because belly fat sits in your mid section and surrounds organs that are vital in regulating blood sugar belly fat can make you a high risk factor.
“When those fat cells go in and around your belly, not down in your buttocks or your hips, but when it’s around the belly … that fat in and of itself works to block the action of insulin, which is necessary to lower the blood sugar,” says Gerald Bernstein, MD, director of the diabetes management program at the Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.
Insulin normally triggers the liver to take up extra blood glucose and store the energy for future use. But when the liver is submerged in fat tissue, insulin “can’t get the liver to respond,” he says.