Underweight or overweight – both are hazardous to your health.
A recent meta-analysis of 51 studies comparing BMI and all-cause mortality found that underweight people are 1.8 times more likely to die than people with a healthy BMI. The same risk of death is 1.2 for obese people and 1.3 for severely obese people. The findings controlled for smoking, alcohol use or lung disease and excluded patients with existing chronic or terminal illness.
PositiveTip: Maintain a healthy weight through healthy diet and regular exercise to avoid an early death.
Diabetics are 80% more likely to die from any cause than non-diabetics.
Researchers have analyzed a very large number of prospective studies, and concluded that diabetic patients had 2.32 times greater risk of death from vascular disease (heart disease and stroke) than non-diabetics. Analyzing data from 97 published studies, researchers found that a 50-year-old diabetic can expect to die six years earlier than a non-diabetic. In comparison, smoking shortens life expectancy by about seven years. Diabetes also increased the risk of cancer by about 25% compared to non-diabetics.
PositiveTip: Type 2 diabetes can largely be prevented by physical activity, a wholesome diet and maintaining an ideal weight.