The Obesity Paradox, MIT Scientists Beaming, and New York’s Life Expectancy Gap

The Obesity Paradox: While overweight people are more prone to heart failure, patients with heart failure have lower mortality rates if they are obese.

MIT scientists are trying to enable Type I diabetes patients to test their blood sugar levels with light. It beats using a needle.

New York female/male life expectancy gap is wider than in the rest of the country. Reason: New York women have healthier lifestyles.

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  1. Devon Herrick says:

    Sudies have found that low body mass is correlated with mortality. Weight-loss if often a side-effect as one’s health begins to fail.

  2. Larry C. says:

    New York result may be tied to the fact that they all tend to be more neurotic.

  3. Tom H. says:

    Thanks, Devon. Goodman unfairly leaves us to wonder what explains the paradox.

  4. Virginia says:

    What about all those people that think that the 1,000 calorie diet will help them live longer?

  5. Devon Herrick says:

    Virginia, the calorie-restriction diet is an interest area of research. I don’t know whether you actually live longer — or if it just feels longer since you’re hungry all the time!

  6. Virginia says:

    I think I would die of frustration on a 1,000 calorie diet!