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NZ: Obesity epidemic blamed for rise in type 2 diabetes in adults and teens

Obesity epidemic fuels worrying diabetes trends

An Otago University health professor says Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common and harder to treat due to the rise in obesity.

Professor Murray Tilyard says that

Of the patients enrolled at South Link Health, we have 16,000 with Type 2 diabetes and 94% of those people are obese.

He also says that more teenagers are developing type 2 diabetes as a result of the obesity epidemic.

Read more: Press release, Pharmac / Scoop 4 July 2006

Published on July 4, 2006 in New Zealand news