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Obesity Confirmed As Leading to Diabetes

Posted Dec 18 2008 8:13pm

Of course we already knew this, but now it's official.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warn in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine confirmed that obesity is a major factor in the development of diabetes, FoodNavigator.com reports.

They warn that we need to take measures to prevent obesity to hold back the diabetes epidemic.

The CDC researchers looked at reasons behind a 41 percent increase in diabetes in American adults from 1997 to 2003. They wrote:

"Among US adults aged 18–79 years, the incidence of diagnosed diabetes increased 41% from 1997 to 2003. During this period of rapid change, incidence increased at a greater rate among obese people, resulting in obesity being more prevalent among incident cases at the end of the time period than at the beginning.

“Altogether, these data suggest that obesity is a large factor - although not the sole factor - in the increasing incidence of diagnosed diabetes."

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