The Obesity Paradox: A Myth For Diabetics
May 19, 2014
A medical study published in 2012 seems to indicate that persons who were obese at the time of being diagnosed with Type II diabetes are less likely to die than persons who are of normal weight when diagnosed with diabetes. This apparent phenomenon has come to be called the “Obesity Paradox.” But it’s really a myth says UT Health Northeast diabetes expert Dr. David Shafer in this post to HealthConnection.TV.
- What is the Obesity Paradox?
- That seems contrary to what we know about being overweight and its impact on health. Can you explain the original science behind the Obesity Paradox?
- What did the study published in the January 2014 New England Journal of Medicine find regarding weight, diabetes and premature death?
- Why was the New England Journal study significant for Type II diabetics?
- Did the New England Journal study prove that the Obesity Paradox is a myth or just that being overweight while having Type II diabetes causes premature death?
- What happens physically to cause an overweight person to develop Type II diabetes?
- Do we know how many years on average that an overweight Type II diabetic will lose from his or her normal lifespan?
- For overweight diabetics, is there a best way to shed pounds or will any calorie cutting plan work?