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Be Safe from Diabetes: Obesity and Risk of Diabetes

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one third of Americans are obese. That puts them at higher risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Experts say if you are not diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes as of yet and are still  obese, you are not out of the clear. A new study finds that the longer you're obese, the harder it is on your heart, and it could increase your risk for developing heart problems.

"There's all of these plaques that build up in the walls and it gets irritated, so the body tries to alleviate it by putting calcium down," said Dr. Leslie Cho of Cleveland Clinic. "So you have more and more calcium buildup in the coronary arteries."

Doctors say there are lots of benefits to maintaining your weight. For example, your blood pressure gets better, your risk of diabetes is tremendously lowered and your cholesterol level goes down.