BYU Diabetes Research Confirms Word of Wisdom

by | Dec. 09, 2013

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Numerous studies show the positive effects of exercise and diet when dealing with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association website states, “You can prevent or delay the onset of type II diabetes through a healthy lifestyle. Change your diet, increase your level of physical activity, and maintain a healthy weight.”

BYU professor Benjamin Bikman says a tiny lipid called ceramide is at the root of what causes disruption in the metabolism and leads to obesity. “Ceramide forces the mitochondria in our cells to pull apart in small pieces as it accumulates,” Brother Bikman said. “In so doing, the cell doesn’t operate as it is supposed to.”

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