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Youthful waistline healthier

- HELENA BURKE

MAINTAININ­G the same waist size you had at age 21 into middle age and even later life could prevent you from developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new UK study.

Head researcher Professor Roy Taylor said if you can’t get into the same size pants now, “you are carrying too much fat and therefore at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, even if you aren’t overweight”.

Professor Taylor’s research has stirred controvers­y online with many on social media saying that pressuring people to maintain the same figure they had at 21 is “unhelpful” and even “fat-shaming”. But the researcher­s said preventing Type 2 diabetes was not just about not being fat, noting that even “normal weight” people could benefit from slimming down to their early-20s pants size. “Unlike those who are overweight, those who are of normal weight aren’t usually advised to lose weight before being given diabetes drugs and insulin,” Professor Taylor said.

“But what we’ve shown is that if those of normal weight lose 10-15 per cent of their weight, they have a very good chance of getting rid of their diabetes.”

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