By Ira Dreyfuss, HHS HealthBeat
People with more belly fat have a higher risk of developing diabetes. But a study at Duke University Medical Center indicates stress may also contribute.
Researcher Richard Surwit measured levels of the stress hormone epinephrine when African-American women recalled stressful situations. He also measured blood sugar levels – known as blood glucose – which can indicate the risk of diabetes. And he recorded the amount of belly fat.
[Richard Surwit speaks] "People with the high belly fat and the high epinephrine levels, fasting glucose was the highest – so they were at the highest risk for developing diabetes."
Surwit can’t say if stress reduction reduces risk of diabetes, but he says diet and exercise can.
The study for a meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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