A study suggests larger waist sizes in the U.S. explain why Type 2 diabetes is more common in America than in England. The researchers looked at conventional risk factors including smoking, age, body mass index and socioeconomic status, and found waist size was the "single factor that explained most of the higher rates of diabetes seen in the United States, especially among American women," said a researcher, adding, "Waist size is the missing new risk factor we should be studying."

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