Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Fat-Producing Hormone May Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
VOAVideo: Fat-Producing Hormone May Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
The World Health Organization estimates that at least 180 million people have diabetes. Ninety percent have what's called Type 2 diabetes, caused by the body's ineffective use of insulin. Researchers have focused in recent years on a hormone derived from fat cells, called adiponectin, which is shown to lower the risk of diabetes. VOA's Melinda Smith reports that scientists now hope this could improve the treatment of diabetes or even prevent it altogether.