Shedding a few kilos could help cut your risk of developing diabetes, even if you’re not overweight!
A new study found that dieting and exercising can help you dodge the disease, whether you’re at risk or not.
Researchers from Stanford University have found that bringing down your BMI as little as ONE point can help reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
Experts analysed data of over 280,000 people between 2006 and 2010, who were aged between 40 and 69.
They found that when a person’s BMI went up, so did the chances of developing the disease.
Even when a person was considered below the threshold for being overweight, with a BMI of 25 and under.
“These findings suggest that all individuals can substantially reduce their type II diabetes risk through weight loss,” the authors wrote.
“[Their results] can determine that lower lifetime BMI is protective against diabetes, that does not necessarily imply weight loss later in life, after carrying excess weight for decades, would have the same result.”
Type 2 diabetes is usually caused by lifestyle, such as being overweight or smoking. It is a condition in which cells cannot use blood sugar level efficiently for energy.
In Australia, over 1 million people suffer from type 2 diabetes. It usually affects people over the age of 40, but more younger people are being diagnosed with the condition.
On average, people with type 2 diabetes live 10 years less and their quality of life diminishes.
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