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Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease that is affecting an increasing part of the population in most countries. A new hypothesis is presented in this paper about the underlying causes and mechanisms that lead to the development of this disease. It is proposed that the disease is the price that the organism pays for having improved cognitive performance that is achieved through increased level of neurite growth dynamics of neurons. The suggested mechanism of the disease development involves neural centres that deal with the sensing of fat and sugar levels in the blood and cerebro-spinal fluid, the regulation of the mobilisation of these resources in the body, the regulation of the storage of sugar and fat in the body, and the regulation of feeding behaviour. The key idea of the proposed mechanism is that the hypothesised resource mobilisation neural centre overestimates the resource needs of neurons and generates and inflated resource requesting signals. The paper discusses how short- and long-term equilibrium regulation of fat and sugar resources may emerge and how this regulation may get imbalanced leading to the emergence of type 2 diabetes in the animal or human. The paper proposes a number of experimental tests that can confirm or deny the validity of the hypothesis formulated here. Possible implications for development of new drugs aimed to prevent or reduce the negative impacts of type 2 diabetes are also discussed. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Andras P, Andras A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Medical Hypotheses
Print publication date: 01/02/2013
ISSN (print): 0306-9877
ISSN (electronic): 1532-2777
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
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