Critical molecular link between inflammation and diabetes identified

This link to inflammation and diabetes may be helpful in the treatment of either or both conditions. Inflammation can cause pain. Diabetes can cause many problems including nerve pain. Instead of giving a bunch of medications doctors may be able to find new treatments now. It could cut down on the addictions many have to these meds.

Key Takeaways:

  • A new study by has uncovered how inflammation contributes to insulin resistance.
  • A gene called IRAK1 (Interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinase 1) plays a key role in this process.
  • In the future it may be possible to test diabetes patients to predict how much insulin resistance might be possible with weight loss or other preventive measures.

“”Our study has done something new: it has identified a new molecule involved in the development of insulin resistance.””