Diabetes can effect anyone if they are overweight - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/22/10

No matter what the age, diabetes can effect anyone if they are overweight

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Lubbock, TX (KCBD) – Putting on pounds as a senior rather than in your younger years does not help you avoid an increased risk for diabetes.

That's the bottom line in a huge study in the current JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association.  Researchers are finding it's not just important for us to protect kids and young adults from growing up heavy, but it is just as important for us to make an effort not to gain a lot of weight as we age into our senior years.

"Individuals who gained 20 pounds or more between the ages of 50 and 65 had an increased risk of diabetes that was two to three fold times higher than those whose weight remained more or less stable," says Mary L. Biggs, Ph.D.University of Washington.

A time period examined in the study shows that in the 80's, Americans had their weight more in control. Fast-forward to current times and the story is much more different.

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