Green leafy vegetables can cut risk of diabetes, study says

Normal-Weight People With Type 2 Diabetes Have Higher Death Risk: Study

The researchers found no significant difference in diabetes risk with higher intake of vegetables in general, fruits in general, or combinations of vegetables and fruits. Green leafy vegetables stood out, however, with an increase of 1.15 servings a day producing a 14 percent decrease in an individual’s risk of developing diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to adequately use insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, to regulate levels of glucose produced from food. Uncontrolled, the sugar levels rise and can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and major arteries. An estimated 180 million people worldwide have diabetes. The costs of caring for those with the disease are soaring in wealthy nations and becoming an increasing burden in developing countries too. Although there is no cure for diabetes, people with the condition can minimize their chances of getting sicker by being more active and losing weight.
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Type 2 diabetes is costly

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Although the study suggests an association between weight and death risk among those with type 2 diabetes, it does not establish a cause-and-effect link between the two. Carnethon said it is not clear why normal-weight people have a higher risk of dying. She said it may be that the genetic profile in thinner people who develop type 2 may be different. It also may be that some doctors don’t treat type 2 diabetes in thinner people as aggressively as they do in heavier people, or that the available treatments don’t work as well in thinner people. “Type 2 diabetes is bad in everyone, but this study shows it may be worse in non-obese people. They may have a different genetic component,” said Dr.
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Valerie DeBenedette reported for The Center for Advancing Health on August 8, 2013, that lifetime costs for type 2 diabetes are high. A new study shows that a person with type 2 diabetes may spend an average of nearly $85,500 to treat the disease and its complications over his or her lifetime. The earlier in life diabetes is diagnosed, the higher the lifetime costs, with costs for women being slightly higher than for men. The researchers say anything that can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes may lead to a sizeable reduction in healthcare costs. In this study it was found that a man who is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes between the ages of 25 and 44 can be anticipated to incur related costs of $124,700 over his lifetime. A woman who is diagnosed at the same age may be expected to incur related costs of $130,800 over her lifetime.
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