Friday, 15 August 2014

Grizzly research offers surprising insights into diabetes-obesity link

Date:
August 5, 2014

Source:
Cell Press

Summary:
Researchers studying grizzly bears have now discovered a natural state of diabetes that serves a real biological purpose and is also reversible. Investigators note that grizzly bears are obese but not diabetic in the fall, become diabetic only weeks later in hibernation, and then become 'cured' of diabetes in the spring. The research reveals how natural biology can teach us new things about how animals naturally cope with conditions that would cause disease in humans.


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