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Int J Clin Pract. 2008 Sep;62(9):1391-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2008.01805.x. Epub 2008 Jun 28.

How strong is the association between abdominal obesity and the incidence of type 2 diabetes?

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  • 1School of Primary Care, Occupational and Public Health, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. n.freemantle@bham.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Quantitative evidence on the strength of the association between abdominal obesity and the incidence of type 2 diabetes was assessed.

METHODS:

Systematic review of longitudinal studies assessing the relationship between measures reflecting abdominal obesity and the incidence of type 2 diabetes.

RESULTS:

There was a strong association between measures reflecting abdominal obesity and the incidence of type 2 diabetes, the pooled odds ratio was 2.14 (95% CI: 1.70-2.71; p < 0.0001). Waist circumference (WC) was at least as good as other measures in predicting outcome.

CONCLUSIONS:

There is a strong association between measures reflecting abdominal obesity and the development of type 2 diabetes. Reducing WC may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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18557792
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PMCID:
PMC2658023
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