January 21, 2014

Bigger is Better Paradox

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paradoxA while back, reports had said that when it comes to body weight, a bigger body is better. The thought process behind this propaganda was that in the event a person was ill and became frail, more meat on their bones would prolong their survival. That has been proven to be malarkey, as per a study published in New England Journal of Medicine.

The school of thought in health guidelines for T2D has been to keep your diet and weight under-control and to get regular exercise.  A divisive concept that being overweight might actually be healthier for some people with diabetes is less than smart.

In fact, this study finds that there is no upper-hand to being larger and there is definitely no upside to be very large. Weighing too much increases chances of cancer, heart disease, and premature death.

The real deal-breaker on the obesity paradox is that researchers looked at body weight at the time of diabetes diagnosis. The quantifiable criteria for this study was revealed when a participant died. The lowest risk in all deaths was seen in the normal range — BMIs of 22.5 to 25.

Almost 12,000 participants were grouped according to body mass index. People with a BMI over 25 are considered overweight, and 30 or higher, obese. During more than 15 years of follow-up, there were approximately 3,000 deaths. Perhaps the A team has the most players on the field now.

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