New Diabetes Research Unveiled

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Thursday 9th September 2010

Health care experts may be able to earlier identify people who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes as new research into insulin shows how the chemical interacts with fat in the body. New research published in the journal Cell Metabolism documents how scientists at America's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases studied the way insulin interacted with fat cells in lab mice in the hope of being able to detect insulin sensitive cells from insulin resistant cells.

In years to come the move could enable health care professionals to better identify patients at risk of diabetes. As experts explain that being able to spot a patient's increased resistance to insulin – a symptom that often preceeds type 2 diabetes – could help to identify 'pre-diabetics'.

Scientist hope that studying and understanding the body's glucose processing pathways in this way may also help scientists to repair damaging insulin responses triggered in people with diabetes.

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