Men who develop type 2 diabetes have often gained less weight than women, according to a new study.
Scientists from Glasgow University examined 51,920 men and 43,137 women in Scotland and found that men who developed the condition typically had a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than women.
The average BMI when diabetes was diagnosed in men was 31.83, while in women it was 33.69, according to the research in the journal Diabetologia.
This could be one of the reasons why more men suffer from diabetes than women.
Lead researcher professor Naveed Sattar, of the Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences, said weight was one of the major risk factors for developing diabetes, along with age, ethnicity and genetics.
“Previous research has indicated that middle-aged men are at a higher risk of developing diabetes than women and one possible explanation is that men have to gain less weight than women to develop the condition,” he said.
“In other words, men appear to be at higher risk for diabetes.”