Inflammation high fat diets and diabetes

Fri, 17 Nov 2006
Scientists have often drawn a link between diets high in fat, inflammation and diabetes . Now, the link between eating unhealthily and inflammation could lead to improved therapies for both diabetes and heart disease.

The potential was uncovered by researchers at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Centre in Houston, Texas. The team presented their findings at the Scientific Session presented by the American Heart Association. They found that consistently eating a diet high in fat results in inflammatory cells entering the fat tissue. Fat tissue then migrates to the liver and muscles, leading to diabetes and heart disease.

A cardiologist at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Centre who was the principal investigator in the study, Dr. Christie Ballantyne, reportedly said: "The results of these studies provide additional evidence that new therapies which block the initial inflammation in fat tissue may help prevent or treat disorders related to obesity such as diabetes and heart disease."
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