Diabetes: Small people have a higher risk

According to a new study, smaller people have a higher risk for type 2 Diabetes and with increasing size reduces the risk of Diabetes. In the case of persons with a high waist circumference, the effect was less pronounced.

The scientists calculated that the risk for future type 2 Diabetes per ten centimetres of body size in males was 41 and for women, to 33 per cent lower, where you also take into account other risk factors such as age, lifestyle, level of education and waist circumference. Long legs were associated with a lower risk of diabetes in men much more than women.

The connection was more pronounced in normal-weight individuals, in overweight and obese persons, he appeared less and less in appearance. The authors, including Dr. Clemens Witten beaker and Professor Matthias Schulze, from the German Institute for nutritional research Potsdam-Rehbrücke, suggest that a larger waist circumference is counteracted by the positive effects of body size. Further calculations suggest that the increased risk is due to the smaller individuals may have a higher liver fat content and a less favourable profile of risk factors for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

The results are based on data from 2.662 people who were raised in the context of the prospective European study of the relationship between diet and cancer (EPIC) in Potsdam.