Researchers have found a link between hydroxychloroquine and a decreased risk of developing type-2 diabetes . Hydroxychloroquine has been in use for approximately 50 years. It was first developed as an anti-malaria drug, and then as treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other rheumatic diseases. In type-2 diabetes, the formerly healthy body either stops producing enough insulin or no longer uses insulin effectively. Type-2 diabetes is associated with obesity and for years was also referred to as "adult-onset" diabetes until recent years when the numbers of children with type-2 diabetes have begun to soar along with the growing levels of childhood obesity. Of the nearly 21 million Americans that have diabetes, most have type-2 diabetes. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis also have risk factors for diabetes, such as being overweight and having a sedentary lifestyle, but the actual number of people with RA who develop diabetes is lower than expected. The r...
Fat is bad, right? I'm not talking about the fats we eat
here. I mean the fat on your body. The less fat, the healthier you are.
Everyone knows that.
But maybe everyone is wrong.
New research in the laboratory of C. Ronald Kahn at the Joslin Diabetes
Center suggests that some fat, namely subcutaneous fat, may actually be healthy
and may protect people from getting metabolic diseases like diabetes .
There are two basic classes of fat in the body: brown fat
and white fat. Brown fat seems to serve as a heat source, and this is an
important function in many animals. For example, newborn lambs have brown fat
around their kidneys, and when they're born in subzero weather, this fat is
burned to produce heat and keep them from freezing to death.
I used to breed my sheep, and if I found a dead recently
born lamb, I could look at the kidneys to see if they contained brown fat. If
they did, the lamb had probably been stillborn. If the brown fat was gone,
[Humor] In a sometimes-futile attempt to keep up to date with diabetes news, I scan at least the titles of about 40 blogs every day, plus the table of contents from almost 40 scientific journals when they come out. Diabetes news is coming so fast and furiously these days that it's sometimes really overwhelming, and I need to take a break to laugh. Sometimes the titles of news reports do just that for me. Here are a few of them, along with my thoughts in italic: Difference Between Fish and Humans Um, actually, I don't need a scientific study to figure that one out. US -- Russia Polar Bear Treaty ratified We're having so much trouble getting along with other nations. I'm glad at least the polar bears are making peace. Endangered Wild Ox Given Lifeline Isn't that one of those things you wear around your neck so you can say, "Help! I've fallen and a lion is eating me." Mental Disorders Are...
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