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.

diabetes3In 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.

Source: Wiley

Bibliographic information:
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.