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Diabetes mysteries revealed on mountain top



An experiment conducted literally at the “top of the world” may shed new light on factors and conditions that cause type 2 diabetes. A team of British researchers have concluded that low oxygen levels may lead to insulin resistance, a forerunner to diabetes. Insulin resistance occurs when cells in the body fail to respond to insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels.

A spike in insulin resistance indicators happened when the climbers were exposed to low oxygen levels at high altitudes for six to eight weeks. These changes were linked with increased blood levels of markers of inflammation and oxidative stress, according to the study released this week in the journal PLOS One.

Scientists were able to observe things in healthy people at high altitudes that normally are only seen in obese people at sea level. Mount Everest is the Earth’s highest mountain. It is located in the Mahalangur range of the Himalayas on the border of Tibet and Nepal.

See complete article, Clues to type 2 diabetes discovered on Mount Everest at MSN Healthy Living

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