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Type II diabetes: Obesity duration increases risk
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The longer a man is overweight the higher his risk of type 2 diabetes according to a recent study.
Being overweight, that is having a body mass index (BMI) of at least 25, for ten years or more increases the age-adjusted risk of type II diabetes 2.1-fold. Whereas being overweight for 20 years or more increases the age-adjusted risk 2.8-fold.
Being obese, that is having a BMI of at least 30 or more, for ten versus twenty years increased the risk 6.1-fold and 4.2-fold, respectively.
Making additional adjustments for current obesity, physical activity, smoking, drinking, family history, and observation period did not change the findings remarkably.
The study involved 1,598 men, 30-years or older, free from serious disease, who worked for a railway company and were observed for 10 years or more.
Sakurai Y; Teruya K; Shimada N; Umeda T; Tanaka H; Muto T; Kondo T; Nakamura K; Yoshizawa N. Association between duration of obesity and risk of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. The Sotetsu Study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 1999 Feb 1, 149(3):256-60.
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