Smoking, Obesity Lead to "Alarming" Diabetes Increases in the South

Smoking, Obesity Lead to "Alarming" Diabetes Increases in the South

Rising obesity rates in several Southern states are leading to a rapid increase in new cases of diabetes among both black and white adults. A new study led by investigators at the University of Texas Health Science Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) found the risk of diabetes is double for black patients. Risk of diabetes rose steadily with increasing body weight, and among those with the highest weight and body mass index (BMI), the risk of diabetes was even greater among whites than blacks. This was especially true for whites if they smoked, had poor diets and were...

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