Weight gain boost for diabetic health

Putting on weight could be beneficial for type-1 diabetics, say US researchers.

Patients who gained 10 to 55lbs cut their risk of premature death by a third.

The study presented at the American Diabetes Association in San Francisco last week, followed up 655 patients, aged an average of 28, with type-1 diabetes for 20 years.

BMI and waist circumference measurements were taken every two years. During follow-up, 147 participants died.

Diabetics who had a BMI over 30 were 33 per cent less likely to die than those with a normal BMI of 20 to 24.9.

Lead researcher Professor Trevor Orchard, from the University of Pittsburgh, proposed that gaining weight may be a sign that patients are getting enough insulin and appropriately controlling their disease.

But the results are not a firm recommendation for diabetics to put on weight, he added.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

The 68th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, San Francisco

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