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Diabetes weights for no man: try your 21-year-old jeans on for size

Despite a normal body mass index, if you can’t fit into your old denims you run the risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Alice Gledhill

Anyone who can’t fit into the jeans they wore when they were 21 years old risks developing type 2 diabetes, according to new findings cited in the Guardian.

Even those with a normal body mass index who can no longer wear their old trousers are “carrying too much fat”, the newspaper reported, citing Roy Taylor, a professor from Newcastle University. 

Early results from a study Taylor presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes’s annual conference showed that eight out of 12 people who had diabetes despite a normal BMI managed to beat it by losing 10% to 15% of their body weight, which cut levels of fat in the liver and pancreas. That helped control blood sugar levels, resulting in patients no longer needing medication...

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