Researchers in Sweden have reported the results of their study of fats. They fed normal mice food that was high in fat from their “middle age” at eight months through the “senior age” of two years.
The mice became overweight, developed high blood sugar levels, and a decrease in insulin release. All three are expected before type 2 diabetes fully develops. The fatty foods also led to inflammation in the insulin producing cells in the pancreas.
Bilal Omar, one of the researchers, said “We generally get the disease in middle age when we start to put on weight and live a more sedentary, and more stressful, life. Our new middle-aged mouse model has enabled us to study long-term physiological effects of the development and treatment of type 2 diabetes in a completely new way.”