Rise in Diabetes' Obesity Rates Alarming and Rapid - US Study

A recent American study has discovered that every 1 person in 5 suffering from type-2 diabetes is nearly 100 pounds overweight, sending doctors and scientists into added worry about a disease which is spreading across the county at an alarming rate, and the study has also asserted that the number is rapidly growing.

Carried out at the Loyola University Health System, the study revealed that early 62.4% of American adults with type-2 diabetes are definitely obese, while a shockingly high 20.7% are morbidly obese, i. e., over 100 pounds overweight than their required body weight, or have a BMI of 40 or above. Among the African-American group, however, every 1 in 3 diabetics is morbidly obese.

"The rate of morbid obesity among people with diabetes is increasing at a very alarming rate and this has substantial public health implications", lead author Dr. Holly Kramer said.

For the sake of research, data collected via the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys during 1976-1980 and 2005-2006 was analyzed. This included interview and physical examination of representative samples collected from all over the US. After detailed analysis, the researchers concluded that some 141% increase in the rate of morbid obesity in type 2 diabetes patients was noted for the years studied.

Details of the study have been published online in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications.