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Contrary to Popular Belief, Inflammation is Beneficial, Not Detrimental for Diabetics

by Kathy Jones on  September 6, 2011 at 7:48 PM Diabetes News   - G J E 4
New research suggests that inflammation, which is widely viewed as contributor to type 2 diabetes, is actually crucial for maintaining good blood sugar levels.
 Contrary to Popular Belief, Inflammation is Beneficial, Not Detrimental for Diabetics
Contrary to Popular Belief, Inflammation is Beneficial, Not Detrimental for Diabetics
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"This finding is completely contrary to the general dogma in the diabetes field that low-grade inflammation in obesity causes insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes," says lead author of the study Umut Ozcan, from the Division of Endocrinology at Children's Hospital Boston.

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"For 20 years, this inflammation has been seen as detrimental, whereas it is actually beneficial."

The study also suggests a new model for understanding type 2 diabetes, in which obesity may interfere with the ability of people's cells to respond to inflammatory signals.

"It may be that inflammatory pathways are not working optimally and there could be a resistance to cytokines which mediates the inflammation," Ozcan said.

"This could be a paradigm shift for the field," he added.

The study was recently published in the journal Nature Medicine.

Source: ANI
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