Ever wonder if some people are more protected against developing type 2 diabetes than others?
Think about it…we all know genetic factors can play a huge role in medical problems so why would type 2 diabetes be any different? For a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers at Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine explored this very question and suspect the answer lies in the makeup of our fat cells.
Being categorized as overweight or obese greatly increases one’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes because extra weight puts stress on our bodies. Added weight causes inflammation which has been linked to a number of chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes. Knowing this, researchers took a look at the inflammation levels in the fat cells of 109 obese individuals. Surprisingly, they found little or no inflammation in approximately one-third of participants whose tissues appeared perfectly healthy.
Because of this, researchers suspect there’s a protective compound these folks have and discovering it could eventually lead to a treatment that could prevent, or even stop, type 2 diabetes. Small insights gained in the lab today can lead to big advancements down the road and findings from this study confirm we’re one step closer.
In the meantime, it’s important to remember the two-thirds of the study participants who did show signs of inflammation. For the majority of us, carrying extra weight leads to the inflammation associated with type 2 diabetes, meaning we can’t ignore the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. It is the surest step you can take in your personal fight against diabetes; whether you have diabetes or don’t, empowering yourself and your health by eating right and exercising is essential.