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Diabetes

18 April 2011

Immune system tied to type 2 diabetes

New research suggests that the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes may be linked to an immune system reaction gone awry.

New research suggests that the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes may be linked to an immune system reaction gone awry.

The findings were published in the journal Nature Medicine. Funding for the study was provided by the US National Institutes of Health.

Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 90% and 95% of these cases are type 2 diabetes, where the body doesn't use insulin efficiently, so the pancreas must make increasing amounts of insulin. Eventually, the pancreas stops making enough insulin to meet the increased demand.

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