Weight Loss: Possible Explanation for Obesity-Related Insulin Resistance

By Laura Brooks

Researchers are getting closer to understanding the association between obesity and insulin resistance, a condition in which normal amounts of insulin are inadequate to produce a normal insulin response from fat, muscle and liver cells.  Insulin resistance can precede the development of type 2 diabetes. "Obese adipose, or fat, tissue is characterized by the presence of macrophages, specialized cells that […] Read more »

‘Baby’ Fat Cells May Be Key To Treating Obesity, Say Researchers

By Laura Brooks

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered the location of immature fat cells which reside in blood vessel walls.  When a person takes in more calories than he or she can expend, these ‘baby’ fat cells begin to mature and are responsible for excess fat storage. By identifying where these fat cells exist in the body, future studies may […] Read more »