Weight gain 'beneficial' for type-1 diabetes

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

Patients who gained between 10 and 55lbs over the study cut their risk of premature death by a third.

The findings, presented at the 68th scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association in San Francisco last week, followed-up 655 patients, aged an average of 28 at baseline, 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.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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