PARIS: Older people are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study published on Tuesday.
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Higher health risk in shorter individuals is probably related to higher l iver fat content and higher risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, the authors speculate.
It has also been reported that insulin sensitivity and the function of special cells in the pancreas that secrete the hormone are better in taller people.
The study is based on a comprehensive medical study of over 16,600 women and nearly 11,000 men – aged 40 to 65 – in Potsdam, Germany from 1994 to 1998.
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People with diabetes have excessively high blood glucose or blood sugar coming from food
About 420 million people worldwide today suffer from diabetes, the International Diabetes Federation is expected to grow to 629 million by 2045
] The disease is currently divided into two subtypes.
With type-1 – commonly diagnosed in and g in about 10% of cases – the body simply does not produce insulin, a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar levels.
In type 2, the body produces little insulin, but not enough, meaning that glucose remains
This form of the disease is highly correlated with obesity and over time can lead to blindness, kidney damage, heart disease or stroke. Acute cases may also require limb amputations.