A fat-regulating enzyme could hold the key to obesity, diabetes, cancer, other diseases


It had already been known that the enzyme known as phosphatidic acid phosphatase plays a crucial role in regulating the amount of fat in the human body. Controlling it is therefore of interest in the fight against obesity. But scientists have now found that getting rid of the enzyme entirely can increase the risk of cancer, inflammation and other ills.

Time to dial back on diabetes treatment in older patients? Study finds 11 percent are overtreated


Almost 11 percent of Medicare participants with diabetes had very low blood sugar levels that suggested they were being over-treated, a new study finds. But only 14 percent of these patients had a reduction in blood sugar medication refills in the next six months.

Biomarkers in the blood prove strong role of food for type 2 diabetes


A pioneering method has demonstrated its potential in a large study, showing that metabolic fingerprints from blood samples could render important new knowledge on the connection between food and health. The study finds that diet is one of the strongest predictors of type 2 diabetes risk in older women.

Substance in coffee delays onset of diabetes in laboratory mice


Substances in coffee have been identified that could help quash the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. But few of these have been tested in animals. Now, scientists report that one of these previously untested compounds appears to improve cell function and insulin sensitivity in laboratory mice. The finding could spur the development of new drugs to treat or even prevent the disease.