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    The thinner men are, the less likely they are to die


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    Among men who have never smoked, the thinner men are, the less likely they are to die from cancer or from cardiovascular disease or just die overall according to a great new study from the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Subjects

    Subjects: 99,253 male physicians

    The study involved 99,253 male physicians who were enrolled in the Physicians Health Study who self-reoported information starting in 1982.

     

    Excluded Early Deaths

    The excluded men who died within the first 2 years

    They excluded men who died within the first 2 years which would likely be men who had a pre-existing disease.

     

    Underweight: Risk of Dying

    Underweight men 12% less likely to die than normal weight men

    Among men who had never smoked and did not have any prior diseases, men who were underweight, that is having body mass index (BMI) of less than 20, were 12 percent less likely to die than men who were normal weight having a BMI of 22.5 to 24.9.

    This means that normal weight men were 14 percent more likely to die than the thinnest men.

     

    Overweight: Risk of Dying

    Overweight men 20% more likely to die than normal weight, 36% more than underweight

    Among men who had never smoked and did not have any prior diseases, men who were overweight, having a BMI of 25 to 29.9, were 20 percent more likely to die than normal weight men, and 36 percent more likely to die than the thinnest men.

     

    Moderately Obese: Risk of Dying

    Moderately Obese men 45% more likely to die than normal weight, 65% more than underweight

    Among men who had never smoked and did not have any prior diseases, men who were moderately obese, having a BMI of 30 to 34.9, were 45 percent more likely to die than normal weight men, and 65 percent more likely to die than the thinnest men.

     

    Considerably Obese: Risk of Dying

    Considerably Obese men 62% more likely to die than normal weight, 84% more than underweight

    And finally, among men who had never smoked and did not have any prior diseases, the heaviest men who were considerably obese, having a BMI of 35 or more, were 62 percent more likely to die than normal weight men, and 84 percent more likely to die than the thinnest men.

     

    Underweight Smokers: Risk of Dying

    Underweight men who were current smokers were 150% more likely to die

    For comparison, underweight men with a BMI of less than 20 who were current smokers were 2.5 times more likely to die (150 percent more likely) than underweight or normal weight men who had never smoked.

     

    CANCER

     

    Underweight: Risk of Dying From Cancer

    Underweight men 59% less likely to die from cancer

    They also found that the risk of dying from cancer is greatly reduced for the thinnest men who have never smoked and increases considerably as weight increases.

    Among men who had never smoked and did not have any prior diseases, men who were underweight, that is having BMI of less than 20, were 59 percent less likely to die from cancer than men who were normal weight having a BMI of 22.5 to 24.9.

     

    Normal Weight: Risk of Dying From Cancer

    Normal weight men 2.4 times more likely to die from cancer

    This means that among men who had never smoked, normal weight men were 2.4 times more likely (140 percent more likely) to die of cancer than the thinnest men.

     

    Mildly Overweight: Risk of Dying From Cancer

    Mildly Overweight men 2.4 times more likely to die from cancer

    Mildly overweight men with a BMI of 25 to 27.9 were 18 percent more likely to die of cancer than normal weight men and 2.9 times more likely (190 percent more likely) than underweight men.

     

    Moderately Overweight: Risk of Dying From Cancer

    Moderately Overweight men 4.2 times more likely to die from cancer

    Mildly overweight men with a BMI of 25 to 27.9 were 72 percent more likely to die of cancer than normal weight men and 4.2 times more likely (320 percent more likely) than underweight men.

     

    Obese: Risk of Dying From Cancer

    Obese men 4 times more likely to die from cancer

    Obese men with a BMI of 30 or more were 63 percent more likely to die of cancer than normal weight men and 4 times more likely (300 percent more likely) than underweight men.

     

    HEART DISEASE

     

    Underweight: Risk of Dying From Cardiovascular Disease

    Underweight men 10% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease

    They also found that the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease is greatly reduced for the thinnest men who have never smoked and increases considerably as weight increases.

    Among men who had never smoked and did not have any prior diseases, men who were underweight, that is having BMI of less than 20, were 10 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than men who were normal weight having a BMI of 22.5 to 24.9.

     

    Normal Weight: Risk of Dying From Cardiovascular Disease

    Normal weight men 11% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease

    This means that among men who had never smoked, normal weight men were 11 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than the thinnest men.

     

    Mildly Overweight: Risk of Dying From Cardiovascular Disease

    Mildly Overweight men 20% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease

    Mildly overweight men with a BMI of 25 to 27.9 were 20 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than normal weight men and 33 percent more likely than underweight men.

     

    Moderately Overweight: Risk of Dying From Cardiovascular Disease

    Moderately Overweight men 25% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease

    Mildly overweight men with a BMI of 25 to 27.9 were 25 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than normal weight men and 39 percent more likely than underweight men.

     

    Obese: Risk of Dying From Cardiovascular Disease

    Obese men 71%% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease

    Obese men with a BMI of 30 or more were 71 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than normal weight men and 90 percent more likely than underweight men.

     

    BMI Table

    BMI Table found here

    A BMI Table can be found here.

     

    Conclusions

    Conclusions: The thinner you are, the better

    Most early studies found that it was good to be a little underweight, but being too thin increased the risk of dying, however, they often did not account for smoking or pre-existing diseases.

    Conclusions: Early studies did not account for smoking and pre-existing diseases

    Then some studies that accounted for this —the best studies in my opinion—found that being thin did not increase the risk of death.

    Conclusions: This study agrees with the best studies prior to this

    This study comes to the same conclusion—after accounting for smoking and pre-existing diseases, the thinner you are, the less likely you are to die.

    Obviously, you can be too thin, such as in the case of people with anorexia, who are much more likely to die, however, for the vast majority of people, the thinner you are, the better.

    Conclusions: The thinner you are, the better

    In conclusion, they found that as weight increases, so does the risk of death.

    “In conclusion, we found a linear association between BMI and risk of death [which means the heavier you are, the more likely you are to die], even among those within the ‘overweight’ range of BMI,” the paper concluded.

    Conclusions: No increased risk among the thinnest men

    “[We found no] increased risk among the lean[est] men.”

    “Our study confirms others indicating that overweight and obesity increase the risk of mortality among otherwise healthy individuals,” the paper continues.

    Conclusions: Studies like this must adjust for smoking and pre-existing diseases

    They also noted the importance of future studies looking at the effects of weight on the risk of dying to account for smoking and pre-existing diseases.

    “Furthermore, our findings emphasize the need to account appropriately for potential sources of bias [that is, adjusting for smoking and pre-existing disease].”

    Conclusions: The public should know that the risk of death increases as body weight increases

    “Public health messages should emphasize the preponderance of evidence supporting adverse health effects associated with higher body weight.”

     

    Comments

    Comments: I love this study

    I love this study probably because I agree with it so much.

    Other studies have also found that having more muscle mass and less body fat are also associated with a lower risk of dying. Reducing body fat may be as important or more important than losing weight. It will be interesting to see what they find when the eventually compare percent body fat to the risk of dying.

     

    Other Studies

    Other studies on body weight and the risk of death found here

    Other studies about body weight and the risk of death can be found here.

    REFERENCE

    Gelber R, Kurth T, Manson J, Buring J, Gaziano J. Body mass index and mortality in men: Evaluating the shape of the association. Int J Obes (Lond). 2007 Mar 6.

    AUTHOR’S CORRESPONDENCE

    Dr. T. Kurth
    Division of Aging
    Department of Medicine
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    Harvard Medical School
    1620 Tremont Street
    Boston, MA, 02120, USA
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    COMMENTS

    On Mar 15, 2007 at 2:30 pm caddie wrote:

    . . . . .

    I love statistics. Thinner men are less likely to die. Ever? smile

    On Mar 15, 2007 at 3:12 pm Larry Hobbs wrote:

    . . . . .

    Caddie,

    It just means that thin men are less likely to die that normal weight men or overweight men.

    For example, if thin men are 12 percent less likely to die than normal weight men, this simply means that if 100 out of 1,000 normal weight men died over some period of time, then only 88 our of 1,000 underweight men would have died which is 12 percent less.

    It does not mean that will never die. It just means that they are less likely to die over a given period of time.

    It is like saying that a Toyota is less likely to break down than a Hyundai. It doesn't mean that all Toyota won't eventually break down given enough time. It just means it is less likely to during a given period of time.

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