A new study has claimed that the longer people have an excessive body mass index (BMI) that classified them as obese, the more chance they have of developing type 2 diabetes. The study, which involved assessing 8,446 participants, revealed that a higher level of excess BMI years was generally linked with a greater chance of developing diabetes.
The research, which was published in the Archives of Pediatrics aand Adolescent Medicine, showed that white men that are aged 40 with 200 cumulative excess BMI years experienced nearly three times the risk of developing diabetes than men of the same age and race with only 100 excess BMI years. For men those with 200 excess BMI years, there was a greater risk of diabetes for 30-year-olds as compared to those between the ages of 35 and 40 years.
The report recommended that “public health interventions” should be targeted at young people in the United States due to the findings. It was noted that “Understanding the impact of both degree and duration of obesity on incident type 2 diabetes is critical, given the childhood obesity epidemic.” Both ethnic background and being of a young age were identified as risk factors.
It was also noted there was rising obesity levels in among adolescents, which could result in “steeper increases in diabetes for younger compared with older adults.”

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