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Date:9/12/2012

researchers. They added that participants with Cowden syndrome had higher body-mass index scores -- a measure of body fat -- than the others.

After expanding the comparison to more than 2,000 people from an Oxford database, the researchers confirmed that people with Cowden syndrome had more fat and higher rates of obesity.

"This was a surprise. Normally insulin sensitivity goes with being lean," said Professor Fredrik Karpe, who established the Oxford database.

Exercise and a healthy diet remain the best ways to avoid diabetes, the researchers stressed. If left untreated, the disease can lead to heart disease, stroke, nerve damage and blindness.

The study appears in the Sept. 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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The American Diabetes Association has more about diabetes.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Oxford University, news release, Sept. 12, 2012


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