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Type II Diabetics Who Gain Weight at Increased Risk of Death

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Type II diabetes puts individuals at risk of serious health complications. Patients diagnosed with type II diabetes are often encouraged to lose weight, though previous studies have suggested diabetics who are overweight lived longer, which was referred to as the “obesity paradox.” The idea was that those carrying extra weight lived longer, when compared to people of normal weight.

A new study from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that being overweight did not reduce risk of death in type II diabetics. There was “a positive association between [body mass index] at the time of diabetes diagnosis and risk of death from all causes,” explains a Harvard press release.

Part of the reason for this larger scale study is for people to understand the significant health risks associated with not only diabetes but weight problems. And that includes death from certain conditions such as cancer or heart disease.

The following are some of the health problems that can accompany diabetes:

  • neuropathy – nerve damage that can cause a variety of foot problems like loss of feeling;
  • stroke;
  • nephropathy – kidney disease, which could lead to kidney failure;
  • gastroparesis – nerve damage that can cause digestive problems;
  • hypertension – high blood pressure, which puts people at risk of stroke and heart disease; and
  • ketoacidosis – buildup of ketone acids that could lead to a diabetic coma.

Some diabetics are unable to function on a daily basis. Complications from this disease could prevent them from being able to work. As a result, those health problems may entitle patients to receive Social Security disability benefits. To learn if diabetes and related health complications qualify you for disability benefits, contact Disability Help Group at 1-(800)-800-3332.