Suffering from Diabetes? Put on some weight to live longer, says study

This phenomenon, known to researchers as the 'obesity paradox', had been investigated by earlier studies, but none that were based on such comprehensive, long-term data.

By: Press Trust of India | Published: June 17, 2015 12:27:27 pm
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Overweight type-2 diabetes patients live longer than those of normal weight, according to a new study conducted in Qatar.

The study conducted by Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) was led-by researcher Stephen Atkin in partnership with Pierluigi Costanzo, one of his former colleagues at the University of Hull in the United Kingdom.

The study – The Obesity Paradox in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Relationship of Body Mass Index to Prognosis: A Cohort Study – has been published in the prestigious academic journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar is a partnership between Cornell University and Qatar Foundation.

The research found that although overweight patients had a higher chance of having a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or a stroke, they were three times less likely to die of a cardiovascular event than patients of normal weight, while patients with low body weight had the highest mortality risk, according to a college statement.

This phenomenon, known to researchers as the ‘obesity paradox’, had been investigated by earlier studies, but none that were based on such comprehensive, long-term data.

Atkin’s research, which involved intensive analysis of the medical records of 10,568 type-2 diabetes patients, tracked an average of approximately 11 years.

Overweight is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9, while normal weight is defined as a BMI of between 18.5 and 24.9. Obese people have a BMI of 30 or above.

“The fact remains that overweight patients are more likely to suffer a heart attack or a stroke, so doctors still recommend that patients should try to maintain a weight that is within the normal range. Prevention is still better than a cure,” he said.

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