The connection between obesity and diabetes has been explained by new research which could further aid in developing new drugs for the disease.
According to The Age, researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute found that inflammatory cells in fat tissue cause the body to become resistant to the effects of insulin.
The reaction occurs as if fat tissue were an infection, causing complications including insulin resistance.
Researchers made the discovery after analysing the fat tissue of more than 100 Victorians who had undergone lap-band surgery.
One of them was Denise Balnaves, 62, who said her weight had consequently dropped from 98 kilograms to 70 kilograms, resulting in greater control over the condition including cutting her four injections a day down to one.
Dr John Wentworth said the inflammatory cells along with the risk of developing insulin resistance and diabetes, also disappeared when people lost weight naturally.