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Normal-Weight Diabetics Die Earlier Than Those Overweight Or Obese

August 7, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Normal-weight participants in a U.S. study of new-onset (type 2) diabetes were more likely to die earlier than overweight or obese participants. Most research has focused on obese diabetics, because weight gain and obesity are significant risk factors for type 2 diabetes. But other factors play a role, including family history, ethnicity and age. Researchers looked at data from five studies involving 2,625 U.S. men and women over the age of 40 who had diabetes. They found that adults who were normal weight had higher total mortality and non-cardiovascular mortality than adults who were overweight or obese. The researchers speculated that genetics may be the key factor in the earlier deaths.
Mercedes R. Carnethon et al. , "Association of Weight Status With Mortality in Adults With Incident Diabetes", JAMA, August 07, 2012, © American Medical Association
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