Size of Abdominal Fat Cells Predicts Future Type II Diabetes

September 19, 2009 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Size of Abdominal Fat Cells Predicts Future Type II Diabetes
New research spanning 35 years shows that women who had the largest size in their abdominal fat cells1 were twice as likely to develop Type II Diabetes later in life. The women were taking part in a Swedish study that included taking fat biopsies back in 1974-1975.

The information is interesting because not everyone who is overweight develops Type II Diabetes and some people who are normal weight develop it.

Fat cells that are too large are reflective of white adipose tissue that is out of shape. You can create this situation by eating meals that are very large or by generally overeating. How much tolerance you personally have before your fat cells get too large will vary from person to person, but you are clearly stressing this system when you eat too much.

Other science demonstrates that when your white adipose tissue goes into a funk and makes too much leptin, then adiponectin levels are suppressed. The lack of adiponectin is clearly linked to Type II Diabetes risk. It appears that measuring the size of fat cells is an excellent predictor of future adiponectin problems of magnitude.

This is why the subtitle of my book, The Leptin Diet, is, How Fit is Your Fat?

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Fat Cell Size and Type II Diabetes Risk  FASEB Journal  1.Malin Lönn, Kirsten Mehlig, Calle Bengtsson, and Lauren Lissner.

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