Monday, September 14, 2009

Large Abdominal Fat Cells And/Or Waist-To-Height Ratios Are Key Indicators Of Future Diabetes In Women

“When it comes to assessing risk for type 2 diabetes, not only do waistlines matter to women, but so does the size of their fat cells. This new discovery by a team of Swedish researchers was just published online in the FASEB Journal and helps explain why some women of normal weight develop type 2 diabetes, despite not having any known risk factors. ‘Increased knowledge of the link between enlarged fat cells and the development of type 2 diabetes may give rise to new preventive and therapeutic alternatives,’ said Malin Lönn, co-author of the study and associate professor in the department of clinical chemistry at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. ‘Our research also identifies the ratio waist-to-height, waist circumference divided by body height, as a simple tool that can be used to identify women at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.’”

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