People who have type 2 diabetes and are trim, might not live the same length of time as people with the same condition who are overweight, says a new study. The recent study showed that people who carried a normal weight when diagnosed were twice as apt to die from any cause over a 10 year to 30 year period that others who were obese or overweight when diagnosed.
The study’s results held true even after factors were taken into consideration by researchers that might increase an individual’s risk of dying. Those factors included age, blood fat levels, blood pressure and their smoking status.
The latest results from the study are in line with the “obesity paradox,” which is the idea that even though being in a much higher risk category for chronic conditions, people who are obese seemed for some reason to be protected from losing their life to certain types of diseases, including heart disease.
The researchers were unable to say why obese and overweight diabetes sufferers in their study fared better versus the patients who were of a normal weight in terms of surviving.
It might be possible that people of normal weight, who develop the condition, have different genetic variations that place them at higher risk for other illnesses as well.
Information from other studies was analyzed by the researchers that included over 2,625 people who had diabetes and were followed for between 9 and 28 years. The participants in the five studies were put into classifications as normal weight and overweight. Overweight was any body mass index of 25 or higher.