Threadworms may protect against diabetes

The threadworm infestations that are endemic in Indigenous communities may have a beneficial effect in preventing type 2 diabetes, researchers from WA suggest.

In a surprise finding that may have major implications for diabetes prevention, health workers in Aboriginal communities in the Kimberleys found that people with chronic Strongyloides stercoralis infection were much less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

The researchers from the Kimberley