Big bum could lower diabetes risk

Thu, 08 May 2008
According to recent reports from Harvard researchers, having broader hips or buttocks could actually lower risk of diabetes . As opposed to abdominal fat, which increased diabetic risk, fat around the bum and hips (known as subcutaneous fat) actually helps to improve insulin sensitivity.

A research team from Harvard Medical School agreed that fat around the stomach increased type 2 diabetes risk. The study, conducted on mice, aimed to establish whether subcutaneous fat posed lower diabetes risks .

Mice that made no change to diet or activity levels lost weight and experienced a shrinking of the fat cells. The study was published in Cell Metabolism.

Lead researcher Ronald Kahn reportedly commented: "It was a surprising result. We actually found it had a beneficial effect, and it was especially true when you put it inside the abdomen."
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