Protein May Tie Obesity to Diabetes

By Nathan Seppa, 15:47 PM April 15, 2008

The high incidence of obesity among people with type II diabetes suggests a connection between the two conditions. Scientists have sought a link by studying insulin resistance, the trademark symptom of type II, or adult-onset, diabetes. But they still don't know why cells in people with insulin resistance ignore insulin's signals to process blood glucose for use by muscles and other tissues.

Researchers working with mice have now identified a hormone, called resistin, that is secreted by fat ...

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