Extra Pounds OK?

Reprinted from PN October 2012

Northwestern University study finds strange correlation between survival and normal-weight people with type 2 diabetes.

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Having a few extra pounds and being diabetic may not be such a bad combination after all.

A Northwestern University study found adults with normal weight when diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were about twice as likely to die from any cause than overweight adults with the same disease. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers don’t yet understand why there is such a difference in survival and say further research is needed.

“It could be that this is a very unique subset of the population who are at a particularly high risk for mortality and diabetes, and it is possible that genetics is a factor with these individuals,” says the study’s lead author, Mercedes Carnethon, PhD.

Carnethon believes cases of normal-weight diabetes will rise because of the aging and diverse population. She says future studies should focus on factors such as fat distribution and genetic types in normal-weight people with diabetes.

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