Type II or adult onset diabetes is in part an autoimmune disease and hence, can be prevented and reversed, says a study from the Stanford School of Medicine that was published recently in the journal Nature Medicine.
Type II diabetes is a common but serious disease that happens when body tissues become insulin-resistant and fail to absorb sugar from the blood stream. It was earlier classified as a metabolic disease that needs constant treatment.
The scientists noted in mice experiments the appearance of B-cells in the visceral fat inflammations that precedes diabetes. They observed that these inflammations are created by autoimmune response as the immune system attacks proteins of the body. The researchers believed that using drugs to control the immune system attacks would help manage insulin resistance and consequently control diabetes.
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