Medicine: Solace for the Pear-Shaped

A woman's figure may figure in diabetes

For women weight watchers, the battle of the bulge is often lost at the hips. No matter how they exercise, excess pounds seem to pile up there and at the buttocks and thighs. But at last there seems to be some compensation for the pear-shaped. (No, not another grapefruit diet.) According to Dr. Ahmed Kissebah of the Medical College of Wisconsin, overweight women whose body fat is concentrated below the waist run a relatively low risk of contracting diabetes, a frequently serious disease that disrupts the normal metabolism of sugar into energy and afflicts one...

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