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Higher BMI improves survival in elderly patients with Type 2 diabetes
MedWire News: A high body mass index (BMI) is associated with improved all-cause and cardiovascular disease survival in hospitalized, elderly patients with Type 2 diabetes, researchers report. Obesity is associated with increased morbidity and mortality risk in both the general population and in patients with Type 2 diabetes. However, some studies have shown that the opposite is true in hospitalized elderly individuals. To assess the effect of BMI on total and cardiovascular disease mortality in a very elderly population with Type 2 diabetes, Avraham Weiss (Beilinson Hospital, Petah Tikvah, Israel) and co-workers reviewed the medical records of patients admitted to an acute geriatric ward over the course of 1 year.