Researchers from the University of Michigan have stated that Type 2 diabetes outbreak in the United States can grow larger than previously stated by scientist. We have known for a long time that being overweight can increase the chances of a person getting diabetes.
This is becoming a problem in this day and age with the increase in obese teenagers and children who have a longer “obese” life ahead of them and are sure to suffer the consequences of this. Scientists have declared that the relationship between type 2 diabetes and weight is just as similar to lung cancer and smoking. Dr. Joyce Lee who is a pediatrician specializing in Endocrinology at the University of Michigan stated that, “The amount of excess weight that you carry and the number of years for which you carry it can drastically increase your risk of diabetes. “We know that, due to the childhood obesity epidemic, younger generations of Americans are becoming heavier much earlier in their life and are carrying extra weight for longer periods over their lifetimes,” said Lee.
The study was conducted on 8,000 kids and teens and measured how far above a certain mass index (BMI) they were at and for how long. The conclusions showed that the kids with a BMI of 25 or more or 35 or more had a higher chance of getting diabetes. In other words those with a BMI of 35 or more who carried it for over 10 years were deemed to have the equivalent of 100 years of excess BMI and Hispanic and black participants had a larger chance of getting diabetes that Caucasians with the equal amount of excess weight over the years. They also concluded that Hispanics and blacks were twice as likely to come down with diabetes that Caucasians.