“Obesity paradox” a myth in diabetes: study

The claim that excess weight may be protective in diabetes and other conditions has been dealt a blow by a US study published in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Overweight and obese people with diabetes were between nine and 33% more likely to have died 16 years after diagnosis compared with diabetes patients at the higher end of normal weight, the study of over 11,000 type 2 diabetes patients showed.

Furthermore, for those diagnosed before 65, risk of death rose as weight increased and was