Blame Father Time—Not BMI

Diabetes cases among the 60% of Guatemalans who belong to the indigenous population “may be of epidemic proportion,” according to a new study that found rates almost double a 2003 estimate.

The study also revealed that age, not obesity, was a far more significant indicator within this population: adults 65+ were 10 times more likely to have diabetes than those 40 or younger, and those 40-64 were 5 times likelier. Researchers believe this might be due to higher life expectancy (up two decades to 72 since 1970) but conclude that more research is needed to parse environmental factors and genetic influences.

Science Daily

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