Dis­ease in­dex

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A STUDY of over 4,000 monozy­gotic Swedish twins has re­vealed that while a high body mass in­dex was not as­so­ci­ated with in­creased risk of heart at­tack or death for the heav­ier twin, it was as­so­ci­ated with in­creased risk for the on­set of di­a­betes. Monozy­gotic twins are ge­net­i­cally iden­ti­cal so they pro­vide a unique tool for eval­u­at­ing risks as­so­ci­ated with obe­sity, in­de­pen­dent of ge­netic fac­tors. The find­ings sug­gest that weight loss can lower the risk of di­a­betes. JAMA In­ter­nal Medicine, Au­gust 1

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