August 7, 2012

The Red Badge Of Longevity

Who cares if my shirt buttons fly off into my nacho covered french fries?
That ketchup stain is a Red Badge of Longevity!
All Hail the Conquering Meatball Hero!
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obesity and diabetes might not be the double whammy you'd expect, according to a fresh look at older studies.

Surprisingly, researchers found that overweight and obese people who get diagnosed with the blood sugar disorder tend to live longer than their leaner peers.

This so-called "obesity paradox" has been observed before in chronic diseases like heart and kidney failure, said Mercedes R. Carnethon of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

[...]The new findings are based on data from five earlier studies that tracked people over time to identify risk factors for heart disease. More than 2,600 participants developed type 2 diabetes during the studies, and 12 percent of them had a normal weight when they got the diagnosis.

The death rate was 1.5 percent per year among overweight and obese people, compared to 2.8 percent per year among their trimmer peers.

After accounting for several risk factors for heart disease - including age, blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking - lean people were more than twice as likely to die at any given point as heavier people. The same held true for deaths caused by heart disease, which is linked to obesity.

"It was a little bit unexpected to see that," said Carnethon.

1 comment:

LL said...

Now THAT is comforting.