Men Develop Diabetes With Less Body Fat Than Women:
FRIDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Men develop type 2 diabetes
at a lower body-mass index (BMI) than women, and this finding helps
explain why men have higher rates of diabetes in many parts of the
world, researchers report.
They analyzed data from 51,920 men and 43,137 women in Scotland
with diabetes and found that average BMI at diabetes diagnosis was
31.83 in men and 33.69 in women. This difference was most
noticeable at younger ages, the researchers said.
The study was published online Sept. 30 in the journal
The findings confirm the hypothesis that men have to gain less
weight to develop diabetes, according to study leader Professor
Naveed Sattar, of the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical
Sciences at the University of Glasgow.
Fat distribution may explain why men develop diabetes with less
weight gain than women. Men tend to have more fat in their
abdominal regions and in their liver than women, while women have
greater amounts of "safe" subcutaneous (beneath the skin) fat than
"It is worrying that men develop type 2 diabetes at a higher rate than their female counterparts. Research like this will help us understand reasons why and provide greater insight into what we can do to improve prevention of type 2 diabetes," Dr. Victoria King, head of research at Diabetes UK, said in a university news release.
The U.S. National Diabetes Education Program outlines how to
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