Weighty matters for diabetics
The "size acceptance" crowd is throwing a party -- a pizza party, with cake for dessert, I'm sure -- in celebration of the news that fat diabetics outlive thin ones.
But put down the pizza and don't touch that cake, because I'm about to crash this party.
You see, on the surface this study might look like a big win for big people: Researchers found that slim and trim diabetics have nearly double the risk of death of those with plus-sized bods.
What's more, the increase in risk held even after they adjusted for all the usual suspects -- including the presence of any disease that might have caused them to be thin in the first place.
But what the study lacks is a little perspective. Specifically, WHY the fattest diabetics lived longer than the thin ones.
Seems backwards, doesn't it?
Not so much. Type 2 diabetes is almost always a disease of lifestyle. You earn it with every McDouble, every slice of pie, and every bucket of soda.
As a result, more than 85 percent of diabetics are fat.
The rest -- the thin ones -- obviously didn't take the same route to the disease. They have something else going on, like a genetic disorder that leads to problems producing insulin.
In other words, for these people, it was never about the weight in the first place -- even without putting on a single extra pound, they were already at a disadvantage.
And that's the REAL reason the disease is deadlier for them.
Now, if you're one of the rare thin diabetics this means you need to be extra careful with yourself.
But if you fall into the majority, remember: Living longer doesn't mean living better... but you don't have to choose one over the other. Drop the pizza and cake -- drop the pounds -- and you'll live longer AND better.
And if you want to learn how you could get the secret to putting yourself on the fast-track to being "NON-diabetic" in just six short weeks take a look at this special report, "Is diabetes a Bald-faced LIE!?" by our affiliates at Health Science Institute.
Now THAT'S how you party.