Research helps explain differences in diabetes among American and Brits

Despite many similarities in type 2 diabetes risk factors, the disease is much more prevalent among American men and women than it is among British adults. For years, scientists have been hard pressed to explain this difference.

A study from researchers at the Rand Corporation, which was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, may provide some answers to this question. By doing so, investigators hope to shed some light on risk factors that may contribute to the condition.

After looking at results from several previous studies that took a variety of health measurements of diabetics in the U.S. and England, researchers found that Americans with diabetes tend to have larger waistlines. They said that this may explain the different rates of diabetes among the two populations.

Investigators said that they were not able to determine the cause of larger waistlines among Americans, or the mechanism by which this contributes to an increased diabetes risk. However, the findings may give doctors another tool to help determine patients who are at risk of developing the condition.

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