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Overweight Diabetics May Have Advantage Over Slimmer Diabetes Patients

According to Reuters, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found that people who have type-2 diabetes and are overweight, but not obese, outlive diabetes patients of normal weight. This is just another example of the “obesity paradox” that despite the fact that obesity increases cardiovascular disease risk, overweight cardiovascular disease patients live longer than patients of normal weight. Observing over 10,000 patients over an average of 11 years, it was found that underweight diabetics had nearly three times the mortality rate of normal weight patients, and overweight patients were 13 percent less likely to die than normal weight or obese diabetics. One lead author suggests this anomaly may be because a few extra pounds can offer protection from frailty and osteoporosis.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.