Thinner diabetics 'at higher risk of death'

8 August 2012

Thinner people who have diabetes are at a higher risk of mortality than their fatter counterparts, new research has revealed.

Research from Northwestern Medicine found that adults of a normal weight who suffer from diabetes are more likely to die than overweight or obese adults with the same condition.

Furthermore, this was found to be true with regard to both higher total and non-cardiovascular mortality.

First author Mercedes R Carnethon explained: "It could be that this is a very unique subset of the population who are at a particularly high risk for mortality and diabetes, and it is possible that genetics is a factor with these individuals."

Normal-weight adults with diabetes have been understudied, it is argued, as they are much less likely to develop the condition than their overweight and obese counterparts.

This means that many doctors do not expect normal-weight patients to have the condition, despite the fact they could be at an increased risk of mortality if they did.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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