Can an old pair of jeans predict a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes? A new study suggests it may be possible.
The Guardian reported this week that Newcastle University professor Roy Taylor presented data at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual conference showing that after losing 10-15% of their body fat, some people with type 2 diabetes could go into remission.
To help people indicate whether or not they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, Taylor said that, as a general rule, your waistline should be the same now as when you were 21. If you cannot fit into the same size pants now, you are carrying too much fat and therefore at risk of developing type 2 diabetes even if you are not overweight.
Study participants had an average BMI of 24.5, which the American Cancer Society considers the top end of the “normal weight” category. Although the study sample group is small (only 8 of 12 study participants achieved remission), Taylor used this data to infer that diabetes is “not caused by obesity. , but by being too heavy for your own body “.
The Guardian reported the research on Monday and by the next day it had taken to social media, not because of the study’s initial results, but because of Taylor’s pant size comment that followed, which some considered problematic.
Twitter users scrutinized the statement, with many noting that fluctuation in weight is normal as people age and experience a global pandemic. According to Maria Rugolo, director and industry analyst at market research firm The NPD Group, nearly 40% of women are now a different size compared to a year ago.
While many on the social media platform called what they considered problematic advice, others playfully shared images of styles of jeans they wore in their 20s to show that their JNCO jeans wide and their ultra-low flares weren’t precise. represent their waist measurements at the time.
Twitter user @fkadaveheal commented “So if I hadn’t worn JNCO I would be in danger but b / c [sic] my pants were huge, aren’t I? while user @anna_orso summed up the millennial experience of skinny jeans with “I couldn’t even fit into the jeans I wore at 21 when I was 21.”
Still, experts believe waist circumference is a valid indication of the likelihood of developing certain diseases. The Harvard School of Public Health has reported that having a “taller waist” may mean that person has a higher risk of health problems than someone with a slimmer waist.
A representative from Diabetes UK, the health organization that funded the type 2 diabetes study, warned that the research was in its early stages and full results should be published next year .