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Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes Research and News: Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder. Though most commonly diagnosed in the elderly, younger adults and even children are increasingly subject to the disease. 9.4% of the US population has Type 2 diabetes or about 30 million Americans. Approximately 95% of all adults diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2. New tools, techniques and treatments can help you improve outcomes for your Type 2 diabetes patients.

International Textbook of Diabetes Mellitus, 4th Ed., Excerpt #16: Epidemiology and Geography of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Part 5 of 5

Obesity and weight gain have consistently been shown to be the one of the strongest modifiable risk factors for diabetes. The ratio of a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of their height in meters called the body mass index (BMI) has been used in numerous studies as a surrogate for obesity. In a representative sample of the US population, each unit increase in BMI was associated with a 12% increased risk of T2DM. Compared to people with BMI less than 22 kg/m2 those with BMI of 25–27 kg/m2 had 2.75 times the risk of diabetes, and each kilogram increase in body weight over 10 years was associated with a 4.5% increase in diabetes risk.

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