Di­a­betes caused by fat

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BODY fat causes type 2 di­a­betes by re­leas­ing an enzyme that leads to in­sulin re­sis­tance, ac­cord­ing to Aus­tralian re­searchers. Ex­perts long blamed the liver for pump­ing out a pro­tein that trig­gers the dis­ease, which pre­vents the body from break­ing down su­gar.

But a study led by Prof. Carsten Schmitz-Peif­fer at the Garvan

In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Re­search sug­gests fat tis­sue is the cul­prit.

Schmitz-Peif­fer notes tar­get­ing the pro­tein, called ki­nase C ep­silon, is a “new pos­si­ble ap­proach for di­a­betes treat­ment.”

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