Study: Overweight Type 2 Diabetics Have Advantages Over Normal Weight People

| by Michael Allen

A new study has found that overweight people with type 2 diabetes have medical advantages over folks who are obese, normal weight or underweight and have type 2 diabetes.

In their study, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine,  researchers followed 10,500 type 2 diabetes patients for over a decade and found that overweight folks had a greater chance of survival when it came to heart attacks or strokes than obese, underweight or normal weight people, noted Medical Daily.

According to the American Diabetes Association, this advantage that overweight people have was coined the "obesity paradox" in studies ten years ago which found "better outcomes in overweight and obese patients with coronary heart disease undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention compared with their normal-weight counterparts."

One theory is that people who are of normal weight might consume more alcohol and smoke more cigarettes than people who are overweight. Also, there may be differences in the type 2 diabetes that obese and non-obese people have.

Researchers are not encouraging people with type 2 diabetes to gain weight, but rather want them to practice a healthy lifestyle.

Sources: Medical Daily, American Diabetes Association
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