Friday, June 25, 2010

Diabetes in Elderly

Age and diabetes have strong connections, and recently there's even more evidences to prove this point. According to a study appears in the June 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, obesity and weight gain increase the risk for diabetes in the elderly, particularly those who exceed the age of 50. But such association is not as strong after the age of 75, and it goes the same for younger adults.

Mary L. Biggs and colleagues from the University of California, have included about 4193 adults aged 65 or older into their study. There were several aspects which they took measure on. Among the many aspects, were those normal measurement which we could think of, such as the body mass index (BMI) at study entry, BMI when participants are in their 50's, waist circumference, as well as waist-hip-ratio. These aspects were taken into serious consideration in order to conduct the study.

From this recent study of theirs, there were several specific outcomes which could be derived from. The very first thing they found was compared to people whose weight remained stable all along the years of their lives thus far, people who with normal weight before the age of 50 and who gain 20 pounds more (about 9 kg) after the age of 50. The risk of them haveing diabetes increases for as many as threefold before entering the study.

In the meantime, among all the participants, those who have the most waist circumferences as well as BMI have diabetes risk for four times greater than normal individuals. At the same time, for those people whose waist grew by more than 4 inches over the follow-up period throughout the study, would probably have a 70% risk increment of diabetes development.

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