Nitric oxide may slow diabetes onset

Exposure to moderate amounts of sunshine may slow the development of obesity and diabetes, according to the results of a study led by the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth.

The researchers showed that shining UV light at overfed mice slowed their weight gain. The mice displayed fewer of the warning signs linked to diabetes, such as abnormal glucose levels and resistance to insulin.

The beneficial effects of UV treatment were linked to nitric oxide released by the skin after exposure to sunlight. Applying a cream containing nitric oxide to the skin of the overfed mice had