Journal article

Understanding the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes: can we get off the metabolic merry-go-rounds?

J Proietto, S Andrikopoulos, G Rosella, A Thorburn

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Medicine | Published : 1995


The aetiology of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) is not known. The concordance of NIDDM in identical twins and differences in the prevalence rate of NIDDM between different racial groups suggest a genetic cause. Hyperglycaemia in established diabetes is caused by a combination of hepatic insulin resistance, impaired peripheral (muscle and fat) glucose uptake and a defect in glucose-mediated insulin secretion. However, it is not known if these defects are all inherited or if one can cause the others. This uncertainty is due to the fact that hyperglycaemia per se can cause defects in insulin action and insulin secretion that resemble those found in NIDDM. Furthermore the elevat..

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