A new study suggests the answer could be down to a variety of factors, including the type of food you eat.
Researchers from the University of Bristol, in the United Kingdom, looked at how people’s eating habits could affect their body temperature.
In their paper, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they found that people who were more likely to have been exposed to high-fructose corn syrup had lower body temperatures.
They also found that the more exposure to high fructose corn syrup the greater the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, an illness that can be caused by a variety or a combination of factors.
“We found that for both fructose and glucose, people who had a higher body temperature were at a greater risk of type 2 Diabetes,” Dr. Thomas T. O’Brien, the study’s lead author, said in a statement.
“What this suggests is that the body is able to use sugar to keep us cool and the more sugar we consume the less likely we are to have metabolic syndrome, which is the condition characterized by elevated blood sugar and obesity.”
O’Connell’s research team analyzed data from over 12,000 people in the UK and found that those who were least likely to eat a high-fat diet had the lowest body temperatures and were also more likely than those who ate a high fat diet to develop type 2 diabetic.
“It is very clear that the foods we eat can have a very big effect on our body temperature,” O’Connor said.
“We are actually in the middle of an obesity epidemic.”
According to the CDC, the obesity epidemic is the third-highest in history.
According to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4 million people were obese in 2012, and another 1.2 million were obese by 2030.
The report also says that one in three American adults is overweight or obese.
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