Less Obesity and Diabetes at High Altitude

Colorado has the lowest obesity rate in the United States. Its high altitude might be one of the reasons. A study led by Orison Woolcott from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found that people living at high altitude (1,500 meters— the altitude of Denver, Colorado) showed lower blood sugar levels and lower sugar output from the liver. David Swanson, a researcher from Cal State University, Chico, noted that obesity rates were lowest in the Colorado counties with the highest altitudes. We do not currently understand the effects of altitude on the incidence of obesity or diabetes. (Endocrine News, June 2015)

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