Special Report…The Appearance of Diabetics

Study graph

Every study should have a graph, right?

Sometime ago I found that I could not tell a person who had Diabetes from just looking at them.  I mean, we have a disease, right?  So, how come we can’t recognize one another from just appearance.  So, in the interest of general knowledge, would you believe we commissioned a study?  If the habits of a worm can be studied, why not what diabetics look like?

So, in plain English, this is what was discovered:

  • General appearance: Type 2 Diabetics and those with Prediabtes can be male or female (does not help narrow it down).
  • Age: Almost any age but may tend to be over 25.
  • Weight: Can be slim, medium, over-weight or obese, but tend to be over 24.9 BMI.
  • Hair color: Any and all hair colors are represented.
  • Economic Level: Poor, middle-class and wealthy are all represented as they are in the general population.
  • Clothing selections: None preferred.
  • Food Selections: No determination observed.  But a preference for desserts, sweets and processed food was noted.
  • Mortality: It was noted that those who are alive have a better chance of being diagnosed with Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes.
  • Distinguishing Features: None.
  • Ethnicity: No significant variation outside of population determination was noted.

Well, that just about sums it up, doesn’t it?  What a valuable study to have performed.  There’s no way to identify a person who has Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes from the general population by the way they look.  So, while 1/3 of the American population has Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes, there’s no way to tell that by looking at them.

That was a big help.

No animals were harmed in the completion of this study.  In fact, no study was completed.

As always, thank you for reading.


I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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