Young People Who Lose Weight By Middle Age Can Avoid Diabetes

Young people who are overweight or obese can reduced their chances of developing diabetes if they lose the weight before middle age, according to a new study.

The research, from St. George's University of London, suggests that the negative effects of a high BMI early on in life can be reversible.

To determine how body mass index affected risk for stroke, heart attack or diabetes, researchers followed men in military service when they were young until the age of 50.

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According to lead researcher Christopher Owen, even men who were relatively thin early in life were more likely to have diabetes if they carried extra fat in early adulthood.

Yet weight loss reversed these effects, as the men who had lowered their BMI by the age of 50 had lower diabetes rates - similar to people who were normal weight when they were younger.

The study also found that a higher BMI earlier in life was not associated with a risk for heart attack or stroke later in life, yet men who were obese did have increased risk for these complications.

"These findings have important implications for Type 2 diabetes prevention, especially in more recent adults with high levels of obesity," Owen said.

Source:
St. George's University of London

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