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These 3 Diseases Shorten Your Life by 19 YEARS!

By on December 9, 2014
Diabetes and heart disease could kill you.

Now new research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology proves why this is true.

According to the study, which was first reported last week, both diabetes and cardiovascular disease–when coupled with morbid obesity–could shorten a person’s life expectancy by as much as 19 years. Worse yet, being overweight, and not just morbidly obese, cut an additional 3 years off a person’s life span.

Those are scary statistics.

“The pattern is clear,” says Dr. Steven Grover, lead author of the study and a professor of medicine at McGill University. “The more an individual weighs and the younger their age, the greater the effect on their health, as they have many years ahead of them during which the increased health risks associated with obesity can negatively impact their lives.”

The Study

We’ve always known that obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are harmful to our health.

Now there’s proof that it could kill us earlier–by as much as 19 years.

In the study, researchers looked at data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, looking at how many adults develop obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease–and then estimating how this affected their life expectancy.

Not surprisingly, they found that people who were simply overweight reduced their life expectancy by 3 years–with that number increasing for those with morbid obesity (6 years).

But when they factored in heart disease and diabetes, the news was even worse: It sliced off another 8 years off a person’s life expectancy.

“Excess bodyweight was positively associated with risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes,” say researchers. “We estimated the years of life lost and the life-years lost from diabetes and cardiovascular disease associated with excess bodyweight. Our estimations for both healthy life-years and total years of life lost show the effect of excess bodyweight on cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and might provide a useful health measure for discussions between health professionals and their patients.”

Bottom line? If you’re even slightly overweight–and battling heart disease or diabetes–you’re in for some serious trouble.

“These clinically meaningful calculations should prove useful for obese individuals and health professionals to better appreciate the scale of the problem and the substantial benefits of a healthier lifestyle, including changes to diet and regular physical activity,” says Grover.

What You Should Do

We all know being overweight or battling diabetes or heart disease isn’t good, but now this study reveals a big wake-up call. If you want to live a longer, healthier life, it’s time to keep your weight under control, as well as keeping your consumption of “bad” foods to a minimum–such as processed, sugary, or junk food products. Doing so will also reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Readers: Do you have any of these diseases or know someone who does?

Sources:
Obesity Can Reduce Life By Up to 8 YearsMedicalNewsToday.com
Years of Life Lost and Healthy Life Years Lost From Diabetes and Cardiovascular DiseaseTheLancet.com

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2 Comments

  1. b. bush

    December 22, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I have diabetes and am not overweight. Somehow without a family history, obesity, or any other known risk factors I emded up with this disease.
    What is annoying is the assumption that everyone with type 2 diabetes is / was overweight and sedentary etc

    Your advice is useless to us

    • Health Cracker

      December 23, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Hi,

      Keep watch on our site, healthcracker.com for many interesting articles dealing with these and many other subjects

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