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Risk Factor for Diabetes Is Also a Risk Factor for COPD

overweight man with visceral fatYou know that obesity poses many health risks, including raising your risk for type 2 diabetes.

Well, obesity–especially among people carrying excess belly fat–are at greater risk for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), claims a new study.

COPD is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD. The condition–also known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis–is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association.

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Researchers from the University of Regensburg in Germany looked at data on more than 113,000 Americans aged 50 to 70 who didn’t have COPD, cancer or heart disease at the study’s start.

Over the 10-year follow-up period, more than 3,600 of the patients had developed COPD, and researchers said that waist size was a strong predictor of COPD risk. The study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

A healthy diet is one factor that can help lower your risk for obesity (and diabetes and possibly even COPD).

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