Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) researcher Dr Stephen Atkin has conducted a study that discovered overweight type-2 diabetes patients live longer than those of normal weight.
The study, entitled ‘The Obesity Paradox in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Relationship of Body Mass Index to Prognosis: A Cohort Study’, has been published in the prestigious academic journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
The research found that although overweight patients had a higher chance of having a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or a stroke, they were three times less likely to die of a cardiovascular event than patients of normal weight, while patients with low body weight had the highest mortality risk.
This phenomenon, known to researchers as the ‘obesity paradox’, had been investigated by earlier studies, but none that were based on such comprehensive, long-term data as Dr Atkin’s research.
Despite the findings, the advice for diabetes patients to maintain a healthy weight has not changed, explained Dr Atkin.
“The fact remains that overweight patients are more likely to suffer a heart attack or a stroke, so doctors still recommend that patients should try to maintain a weight that is within the normal range,” he said. “Prevention is still better than a cure.”
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