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Diabetes, not obesity, increases risk of death in middle age

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 28 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:672
  1. Janice Tanne
  1. New York

    Diabetes, not obesity, increases the risk of critical illness, organ failure, and early death, says a new US study. Obese patients who did not have diabetes had the same risk as people of normal weight and without diabetes, it found.

    The study, by researchers at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, and Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, was published in the online journal Critical Care on 25 September (, doi: 10.1186/cc5051). The analysis was of data from 15 408 adult patients in four US communities who participated in a research exercise called the atherosclerosis risk in communities study.

    The atherosclerosis risk in communities study was a population based, prospective study of the natural history and causes of cardiovascular disease. It was conducted between …

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