A new report has indicated that regularly eating food which is high in fat content can significantly increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, rates of which have doubled over the last three decades.
According to BBC News, a study carried out by the University of the California and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute - published in the Nature journal this week - suggested fat can interfere with the function of the body's sugar sensors.
"This is a well-executed study into possible factors responsible for ... type 2 diabetes," said Diabetes UK research director Dr Iain Frame. "We will watch this with great interest and hope this early work will eventually lead to some benefit."
While Dr Frame pointed out that the US scientists had not yet singled out a possible way to prevent or cure the condition in their recent research, he insisted the theory was well worth further investigation.
Last month, National Obesity Forum chairman Dr David Haslam called on healthcare bosses to increase public awareness of the potential implications of poor diet and carrying excess weight.