New Type Of 'Good' Fat Could Help Cure Diabetes

October 13, 2014 4:05 PM

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Scientists have added a new type of fat to the list of “good” fats that help keep us healthy. So healthy, in fact, that this new fat may play a role in eventually developing treatments to address Type 2 diabetes as well as inflammatory diseases like Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis, according to the research team behind the discovery.

The fatty acid, called “FAHFA” (short for fatty acid hydroxyl acids), can be found in human fat cells as well as other human cells, according to lead author Barbara Kahn, a molecular endocrinologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a professor at Harvard Medical School. FAHFA actually hel...

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