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Diabetes

15 August 2011

How fatty diets cause diabetes

High levels of fat shut down a key enzyme that promotes glucose sensing in pancreatic beta cells – revealing a pathway implicated in the type 2 diabetes epidemic.

High levels of fat shut down a key enzyme that promotes glucose sensing in pancreatic beta cells, revealing a pathway implicated in the type 2 diabetes epidemic. Newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics tend to have one thing in common: obesity.

"We were initially surprised to learn how much the pancreatic beta cell contributes to the onset and severity of diabetes," said Dr Marth. "The observation that beta cell malfunction significantly contributes to multiple disease signs, including insulin resistance, was unexpected.

 

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