Hepatology; a medical journal dedicated to the study of liver, published a fresh research studying its March issue, revealing close link between ethnicity, fatty liver disease and insulin resistance. This study was conducted at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, headed by Jeffrey Browning.
Research was aimed at finding out the relation between ethnicity and two well-known ailments; fatty liver disease and insulin resistance. USA is suffering from a wide spread fatty liver disease these days.
Insulin is a hormone secreted by Pancreas and is responsible for regulation of glucose metabolism. Insulin resistance is a condition where body cells are unable to respond to insulin properly.
Fatty liver is a condition where fats deposit in the liver, expanding the mass of organ. Both of these ailments lead to more severe diseases like hyperinsulemia, impaired glucose tolerance and chronic liver disease.
Subjects of this study were from three different races; whites, blacks and Hispanics, about 2000 in number. Researchers compared the amount of fats accumulated in a subject’s abdominal cavity, and his liver fat. The insulin resistance phenomenon was also evaluated in all three races.
It was found that the condition of insulin resistance and total fatty tissues in Blacks was very different from that of the other two societies. Blacks appeared to be more resistant against accumulation of triglycerides around liver, as well as they were not prone to develop insulin resistance.
Researches in past have shown that Blacks enjoy a natural tendency to resist Non-Alcoholic Fatty liver disease and the consequential ailments. Researchers tend to conduct more studies regarding this natural tendency in Blacks against Insulin Resistance.