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Low levels of PYY hormone a very early indicator of type 2 diabetes
Date:3/10/2008

hormone, she said.

We now have published that, even earlier in the development of diabetes, people who are not yet insulin resistant show a low secretion of PYY. They have a blunted post-meal secretion of this hormone, making them less likely to feel satiety, and more likely to gain weight.

Professor Campbells research involved elaborate testing of two groups of people, eight in each group, over a period of two years. One group had relatives with Type 2 diabetes, the other group had no family history of the disease. The groups were matched for gender, for age and for adiposity.

It was most important to match the groups for their fatness, said Professor Campbell. The only difference was their relatives. You assume that they are carrying the genetic burden of diabetes, which we already know to be a reality.

Low levels of PYY at this very early pre-diabetes stage could be used as a marker, or predictor, that Type 2 diabetes is very likely to develop.

As a clinician, I am hopeful that it will be possible to screen extensively in the future, and therefore stem the spread of this debilitating disease.


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