Researchers have identified insulin resistance in people with Type 2 diabetes as a symptom of the body's immune system attacking its healthy insulin producing tissues.
What is autoimmune disease?
The human body has an internal tool box (the immune system) to help prevent "the onslaught of invading microorganisms (such as viruses, bacteria and parasites)," according to Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
This slick system sometimes goes haywire, attacking its own healthy tissue creating human illness.
What does this means for the future of people living with Type 2 diabetes?
Diabetes treatments may take aim at a new target — the immune system. Rather than the focus being primarily on controlling blood sugars, the big picture presents other opportunities for disease mitigation and management by altering the immune response.
This may be a game changer in the way we think about obesity and its relationship to diabetes. Studies pair Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes closer than we previously thought, with unique but common attributes.