Possible Link Between Hormone Melatonin and Type 2 Diabetes
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|Mon, 04-08-2013 - 8:12am|
According to a new study, reports Health Day News, a link may have been found between Melatonin and Type 2 Diabetes. "Decreased levels of the hormone melatonin may be linked to the development of type 2 diabetes, according to new research.
A study of U.S. women found that those with the lowest levels of melatonin had more than twice the risk of type 2 diabetes compared to women with the highest levels of the hormone. This association held true even after the researchers controlled for other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, such as body weight and dietary habits.
But whether too little melatonin actually causes type 2 diabetes isn't clear. "We found an association between melatonin and type 2 diabetes; what we haven't got from this study is causality," said study lead author Dr. Ciaran McMullan, a research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "That's the next step of research."read more