Study dispels 'obesity paradox' idea for diabetics

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Associated Press

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 7:02 AM

UNDATED (AP) — There's new research that refutes the so-called "obesity paradox" for diabetics -- the controversial notion that being overweight might actually help some diabetics.

A major study finds there's no survival advantage to being large, and there's a disadvantage to being very large.

More than 24 million Americans have diabetes, mostly Type 2, the kind that is on the rise because of obesity. About two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight, including one-third who are obese.

Weighing too much increases the chances of heart disease, cancer and premature death. But some small studies had suggested this might not be true for Type 2 diabetics.

The new research, paid for by the National Institutes of Health and the American Diabetes Association, dispels the idea after looking at deaths according to how much people weighed when they were diagnosed with diabetes.

Results are in this week's New England Journal of Medicine.

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