Diabetes treatment could be revolutionised by making people cold

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For people in northern countries enjoying summer sun, I hate to put a dampener on things but winter’s coming. The cold months can seem to go on forever, yet scientists are uncovering a new reason to be grateful for them.

It turns out that cold climates may help keep type 2 diabetes at bay because of surprising findings about how temperatures affect certain “good” fats in the body. This insight potentially opens up exciting new means of treating people with diabetes – which afflicts 415m people worldwide and is predicted to increase to 641m by 2040.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2016


  • Obesity
  • Climate
  • Diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Overweight
  • Insulin
  • America
  • Brown fat
  • White fat
  • Fat
  • Mitochondria


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