- November 28th 2011
Research has long shown that obesity might increase an individual's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. But a new study encourages health professionals to assess how overweight the individual is and how long he or she has been obese to get a more accurate idea of the person's diabetes risk.
Authors of the study, published online Sept. 5 in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, compared the relationship between excess weight and developing type 2 diabetes with the link between smoking and the risk of lung cancer.
"The amount of excess weight that you carry, and the number of years for which you carry it, dramatically increases your risk of diabetes," said lead study author Joyce M. Lee, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the division of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Michigan Health System.
Dr. Lee recommends that physicians, particularly pediatricians and family physicians, help their young, overweight patients shed pounds to prevent them from becoming [Read more]