Diabetes in Focus
Researchers link immune system abnormalities to diabetes
A study in the journal Nature Medicine found immune system cells in insulin-resistant individuals create antibodies that attack fat cells instead of foreign substances, causing insulin resistance and inhibiting fatty acid processing. "The main point of this study is trying to shift the emphasis in thinking of type 2 diabetes as a purely metabolic disease, and instead emphasize the role of the immune system," study co-author Dr. Daniel Winer said. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News