Well, a new study (performed on mice) from Harvard Medical School suggests that 'pear-shaped' bodies, i.e., those of us with a little extra padding on the hips and buttocks, may be less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than 'apples' (people who tend to have extra fat around the middle).
Not all fat is bad, relates Dr Ronald Kahn, research team leader. He and his colleagues believe that different substances in fat determine different risk levels and, if isolated, could lead to new medications to help Type 2 diabetes management.
Are You a Woman or a Mouse?
Kahn cautioned that because the report is based on the manipulation of fat cells in mice, that "it would be misleading (or wrong) at this stage to link the results of this work to whether a person is at more or less risk of developing Type 2 diabetes because of the size of their buttocks…Maintaining a healthy weight through a healthy balanced diet low in fat, salt and sugar and with plenty of fruit and vegetables is by far the best way for most people to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes."