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Posted: February 12, 2008

Large-Breasted Women More Prone to Diabetes: Study

A new study claims that women with larger breasts have a 68% higher chance of developing diabetes by middle age than their smaller-breasted counterparts.
The study, published last week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, was conducted among female nurses in the United States over 10 years. The goal was to examine whether there was a link between breast development and diabetes among women.
The study determined that women who develop big breasts by the age of 20 are at a 68% higher risk of developing the disease in later years.
These high-risk indications are a general conclusion of the study, said Dr. Joel Ray, professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and a clinician-scientist at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, who led the research team.
"Our findings are based on data from the Nurses Health Study II project in 14 American states. In a nutshell, 92,102 nurses were studied for any link between their breast size and their chances of developing diabetes by the age of 35. The bigger their breasts are at the age of 20, the bigger their chances of developing diabetes," Ray said.
But breast size was not the only factor that could cause diabetes among women in their later years. Ray was quick to add that breast size could be one of the factors that could trigger diabetes in women, as are smoking, family history, diet and ethnicity.
"Obesity remains a big factor. Obese women tend to have larger breasts, thereby becoming more prone to diabetes," he explained.
The findings will now be used to help study how breast fat influences insulin resistance. Ray emphasized that their research was preliminary and should not be taken at its face value.
"Women should not think about breast surgeries to minimize their chances of developing diabetes," he said.
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