Men more at risk to develop diabetes compared to women

by Mark Benson on October 7, 2011

Men more prone to Type 2 than women

Recent research has lead to the conclusion that men do not need to gain so much weight to develop type 2 diabetes as compared to women. The team at Glasgow University conducted this research.

The research centered on BMI or Body Mass Index. This is the measure of weight to height ratio, with each height having an ideal weight. It was found that men develop type 2 diabetes at a lower BMI measure compared to women.

The research found that this lower threshold explains why there are more male diabetics compared to female diabetics. The study had 51,920 men and 43,137 women suffering from Type 2 diabetes in Scotland. In the study, the men developed diabetes at a BMI of 31.83 while women had only developed diabetes at 33.69 BMI.

Some of the theories proposed that men become less sensitive to insulin compared to women. Another theory is that males store fat around their organs unlike women who put on weight around the hip area. These are only theories though that needs to be verified by further studies.

The findings would be published in the journal Diabetologia and Professor Naveed Sattar, project lead said “”Previous research has indicated that middle-aged men are at a higher risk of developing diabetes than women and one possible explanation is that men have to gain less weight than women to develop the condition.”

According to Diabetes UK head of research Dr. Victoria King, it is important that men and women take steps to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes through weight loss, having a balanced diet and engaging in regular exercise.

She further added, “It is worrying that men develop type 2 diabetes at a higher rate than their female counterparts. Research like this will help us understand reasons why and provide greater insight into what we can do to improve prevention of type 2 diabetes.”

The study was spearheaded by the Scottish Diabetes Research Network Epidemiology Group of the University of Glasgow. The cross sectional study sought to find the relationship between age, gender and BMI in males and females at the time of diagnosis of having Type 2 diabetes.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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