Bigger Breasted Women More Vulnerable to Diabetes, Says Canadian Study

| Feb 4, 2008

A Canadian study asserts that girls and young women with big breasts run a 68-percent greater chance of acquiring diabetes by middle age than their smaller-breasted peers.

However, concerned that the finding might inspire some women to seek out breast reductions, researchers emphasize that their conclusion is broad and preliminary. They say there are several other factors besides breast size that they must study before definitively linking size to increased vulnerability to diabetes.

Scientists tracked 92,102 mostly white nurses from 14 U.S. states over a 10-year period to determine if their breast size would increase their chances for developing diabetes by age 35. While preliminarily concluding that large breasts were a common factor in the higher incidence of diabetes, they say weight, family history, smoking, diet and ethnicity probably also play large roles.

The reason for breast size as a factor is that breast tissue tends to be insulin-resistant. Bigger breasts create more insulin resistance in women's bodies, thereby increasing their chances of acquiring diabetes.

The researchers also note that while big breasts can be a genetic endowment, many women acquire them if they become obese - and obesity is often cited as a major factor in developing diabetes.

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Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal

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Posted by Anonymous on 8 February 2008

Someone needs to stop this Gracey guy from spamming this board, please! Doesn't anyone moderate these comments?

Posted by Anonymous on 8 February 2008

Hmmmmm, well as a type 1 diabetic of 31 years, my B cup blows this theory ...

Posted by Anonymous on 8 February 2008

By the time I was 20 years old I weighed 120, was 5', 7" and wore a d cup. Although I had run long distances in the past I no longer ran unless I was sure I was alone because decent exercise bras were not available.(This was more that 30 years ago.) Perhap better exercise bras willhelp change those statistics.

Posted by Anonymous on 14 February 2008

For the B cup Type one.....no you don't blow this theory because you are type one.....not type two ie: insulin resisitence "The reason for breast size as a factor is that breast tissue tends to be insulin-resistant. Bigger breasts create more insulin resistance in women's bodies, thereby increasing their chances of acquiring diabetes ".


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