New "Fingerprint" of Inflammation Identified in Obesity-Associated T2DM

Topic: Obesity/Diabetes Management date: 12/03/2015 Featured Expert: N/A

Specific inflammatory proteins have been identified in a study that may be able to predict which patients with obesity may also develop type 2 diabetes.


Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine have identified a new “fingerprint” of inflammation that may be able to predict which patients with obesity may also develop type 2 diabetes. Specifically, inflammatory proteins known as Th17 cells, which are associated with autoimmune conditions, were identified as major contributors to inflammation and hyperglycemia. Although research has already shown inflammation promotes obesity-related type 2 diabetes and related complications, anti-inflammatory drugs have had limited success in treatment. Thus, the findings may provide better insight into the relationship between inflammation and obesity-related type 2 diabetes.

Read more on the study published in the journal Obesity  here.

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