Lifestyle, Obesity, and Insulin Resistance

  1. Hirofumi Shigeta, MD1,
  2. Masako Shigeta, MD2,
  3. Atsuko Nakazawa, MD2,
  4. Naoto Nakamura, MD3 and
  5. Toshikazu Yoshikawa, MD3
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine, Shakaihoken Kobe Central Hospital, Kobe
  2. 2Department of Internal Medicine, First Red Cross Hospital of Kyoto
  3. 3First Department of Internal Medicine, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan

    The prevention of diabetes is an urgent worldwide public health concern. The period preceding onset of type 2 diabetes is typically characterized by obesity and insulin resistance induced by overeating and physical inactivity. In the 1970s, Belloc and Breslow (1) presented evidence that physical health is associated with the following seven favorable habits: sleeping 7–8 h, eating breakfast almost every day, avoiding eating between meals, maintaining a desirable weight with respect to height, participating in active sports, limiting alcohol intake, and avoiding smoking cigarettes. We studied the relationships between unhealthy habits and the presence of obesity and insulin resistance.

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