Risk of Diabetes Higher Among Those With Lifetime Excessive Weight

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A new study published in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine concluded that number of years spent with excess weight and how much weight plays a role in the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. They pointed out a similarity of the risk of diabetes for those with long term obesity to lung cancer for those with long term heavy smoking. The researchers found that a BMI of 25 or over-the combination of weight and height- sustained for a number of years is a better indicator of the risk for type 2 diabetes than the single measure of excessive weight. .
In the study, researchers studied about 8,000 adolescents and young adults and concluded that diabetes may become more prevalent that previously predicted because of the number of obese children and adolescents in the United States. They found that Hispanics and blacks had a higher rate for diabetes compared to whites for the same amount of excess weight over time.

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