Higher percent of body fat may be linked to higher risk of dying early

“This important article studies the body fat percentage and not the BMI index. This is more specific research than articles using the BMI to determine results. Men with highest body fat percent had a 60 percent higher risk of mortality. A warning here for the wise.” Bill Chesnut, MD

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Higher percent of body fat may be linked to higher risk of dying early, study suggests

The AP (3/7, Neergaard) reports that research published in Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that “a higher percent of body fat, independent of” a “person’s BMI,” may be “linked to reduced survival.”

STAT (3/7, Anyaegbunam) reports that investigators “examined the medical charts and X-rays of people…who had gotten osteoporosis screenings between 1999 and 2013.”

TIME (3/7, Park) reports that when the researchers “looked at how body fat correlated with early death,” they “found that people with the lowest BMI had a 44% to 45% higher risk of dying early – likely because they were malnourished or otherwise ill – than those with more average BMI.” Individuals “with the highest body fat composition, regardless of their BMI, also had the highest risk of dying early – women with more body fat showed a 19% increased risk of early death while men had a 60% higher risk of mortality.”

The Los Angeles Times (3/7, Healy) reports on the study, and also reports on a separate study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which “found that in a group of more than 1.5 million Swedish military recruits, men who had poor physical fitness at age 18 were three times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes in midlife than were those who had been highly fit on the cusp of adulthood.” AMA News.

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