Swedish researchers may have discovered a way to possibly prevent the development of type 2 diabetes and potentially reverse the process of progression in subjects confirmed with type 2 diabetes as well.
Research conducted by Professor Ulf Eriksson and his team recently published in the Nature journal demonstrates that by blocking a signaling protein (VEGF-B), the acclimation of fat in the heart and muscles is prevented. Therefore, the cells within those tissues are allowed to functionally respond to insulin!
Professor Eriksson and his team experimented on mice and rats, in these experiments type 2 diabetes was both prevented and reversed. In most cases, type 2 diabetes occurs after an individual reaches a state of obesity. Because of this, resistance of insulin begins to occur, naturally leading up to the development of diabetes. Diabetes disables the proper response to insulin in the body’s cells, preventing glucose from entering and causing blood sugar levels to rise. When fat gets stored dangerous places like the heart, blood vessels, and muscles, insulin resistance skyrockets.
VEGF-B in many ways manages the logistical side of fat storage. Professor Eriksson and his team are no strangers to the protein, having researched and published a report on its properties back in 2010.