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ISRN Endocrinology
Volume 2012, Article ID 103472, 8 pages
Review Article

The Malnutrition of Obesity: Micronutrient Deficiencies That Promote Diabetes

Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Beth Israel Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 55 East 34th St, USA

Received 13 December 2011; Accepted 5 January 2012

Academic Editors: C. Anderwald and A. Hishinuma

Copyright © 2012 Michael Via. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Obesity and diabetes are increasing in prevalence worldwide. Despite excessive dietary consumption, obese individuals have high rates of micronutrient deficiencies. Deficiencies of specific vitamins and minerals that play important roles in glucose metabolism and insulin signaling pathways may contribute to the development of diabetes in the obese population. This paper reviews the current evidence supporting this hypothesis.