Being Overweight Linked to Longer Life in Older Diabetics
Among older patients with diabetes, those who are overweight or obese may have a lower risk of dying prematurely than their normal weight counterparts. The finding comes from a recent analysis of published studies.
In the Journal of Diabetes Investigation analysis of 20 studies with 250,016 patients with diabetes, overweight patients had an 18% reduced risk of early death compared with normal weight patients; however, the survival benefits were only observed in older patients and not in younger patients. Furthermore, the beneficial impacts lessened over time.
Fei Gao, Zhi Jian Wang, Hua Shen, Shi Wei Yang, Bin Nie, Yu Jie Zhou. Impact of obesity on mortality in patients with diabetes: Meta-analysis of 20 studies including 250,016 patients. Journal of Diabetes Investigation.