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How can my bra size predict the onset of type 2 diabetes?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

We already know that body fat influences the risk for type 2 diabetes, a condition marked by high blood glucose from ineffective insulin (insulin resistance), the hormone that shuttles sugar in and out of cells. People who are overweight are at much higher risk for type 2 diabetes because fat cells are less responsive to insulin compared to non-fat cells (like muscle). Breast development begins in puberty and continues through the early 20s. Young breast tissue is comprised of highly active fat cells, so breast size could be a marker for type 2 diabetes.

Using the information collected during a long-term Nurses Health Study, Canadian researchers found that women who wore a D cup or greater during their 20s had an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. However, it is unclear whether the hormonally active breast tissue contributes more to insulin resistance than other types of fat tissue.

 

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