Obesity is leading risk factor for diabetes

April 28, 2006 in Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

Obesity is leading risk factor for diabetes

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US have confirmed that obesity is a major contributing factor for developing diabetes.

Between 1997 and 2003, there was a 41 percent increase in diabetes in American adults. To examine the cause, researchers reviewed data from the 1997-2003 National Health Interview Survey, which collected data from 31,000 American adults per year. Researchers examined whether the increased incidence was due to a true rise in cases, or just better testing and diagnosis.

The study findings, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that the incidence of the disease increased at a greater rate among obese people. Researchers concluded obesity is a leading factor in increasing the incidence of diabetes.

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