Fat near hips may impede diabetes

From Times Staff and Wire Report

Subcutaneous fat that accumulates around the hips and buttocks may offer some protection against diabetes, U.S. researchers reported Tuesday in the journal Cell Metabolism.

They said the fat, which collects immediately under the skin, helped to improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar. In contrast, visceral fat, which accumulates in the abdomen, is known to exacerbate the effects of diabetes.

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