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Diabetes, not obesity, leads to acute organ failure

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Patients suffering from diabetes are at a much higher risk of critical illnesses and premature death, regardless of whether they are obese or not, according to a new study.

Research carried out by the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and Emory University School of Medicine found that patients with diabetes are three times more likely to develop acute organ failure and die young as those without the condition.

Previously, doctors had thought that obesity itself was a contributing factor for critical illnesses and premature death but the new research has revealed that obese patients without diabetes are no more likely to fall critically ill or die early than non-diabetics with a healthy body mass index (BMI).

The researchers told the Daily Mail: "Our findings suggest that obesity by itself is not a significant predictor of either acute organ failure or death during or after acute organ failure in this cohort.

"However, the presence of (diabetes), which is related to obesity, is a strong predictor of both acute organ failure and death after acute organ failure."

There are now more options than ever for obese patients trying to lose weight. Many who have failed to lose a significant amount of weight through dieting and exercise are now seeking the benefits of obesity surgery which decreases the risk of diabetes and other obesity-related illnesses.

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Treatment news : 25/09/2006

 

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