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Both type 2 diabetes and obesity are increasing worldwide. Obesity has been well documented as a major modifiable risk factor
for diabetes. Different surrogate anthropometric measures, such as body mass index, waist circumference, waist to hip ratio
and waist to height ratio, have been proposed to define obesity in a clinical setting. These obesity indices have been used alone or
frequently integrated into an algorithm to assess an individual?s risk to develop diabetes. The question is thus raised as to which
of these obesity indicators is best at predicting type 2 diabetes. Another question often asked is where to set cut-off values for
a positive diagnosis since a dichotomous variable is practically useful. Ethnic differences in obesity-diabetes relationship have
hindered attempts to propose a universally accepted definition for obesity, but what exactly the ethnic differences are. All these
will be addressed in the presentation.
Qing Qiao, a paediatrician, started to engage herself into research on epidemiology of type 2 diabetes since 1993, and completed her Ph.D in 1996
from Finland. Currently she is a senior research scientist in the AstraZeneca in Sweden, and an adjunct professor in the University of Helsinki,
Finland. She has published more than 130 research articles and book chapters on type 2 diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular
diseases and cancers, and as an editor she recently published a book entitled ?Epidemiology of Type 2 Diabetes?.
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