Type 2 Diabetes: Waist Size is an independent Risk Factor

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(Best Syndication News) - Waist size is an independent risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes said a recent study. This is a separate factor from just calculating body mass index (BMI). The researchers of the study reported about their findings in the current week's issue of PLoS Medicine.

The waist measurement was more of a risk factor for women, more so than in men. Both the BMI and waist circumference were independent risk factors related to developing type 2 diabetes.

Claudia Langenberg and colleagues reanalyzed data from the InterAct case-control study to find that waist circumference is a predictor of type 2 diabetes. The groups were divided by BMI and waist circumference. As the BMI and waist circumference increased, so did the risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Typically, type 2 diabetes develops by being overweight over a long time. The U.S. National Library of Medicine explains that sometime genetic predisposition and even thin people can develop type 2 diabetes. However, the majority of cases are related to being overweight.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

Citation: The InterAct Consortium (2012) Long-Term Risk of Incident Type 2 Diabetes and Measures of Overall and Regional Obesity: The EPIC-InterAct Case-Cohort Study. PLoS Med 9(6): e1001230. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001230

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