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Type II Diabetes and Alcohol

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Start Date 09/01/2006
End Date 06/30/2007
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Last Updated 07/05/2008 01:25AM


  Ian van Tets

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  Anastaszya Lenca, Caitlin Grenier


Type II diabetes is an ever growing problem in the United States and is linked with visceral obesity in humans. Recent research on laboratory rats found that rats that regularly consume alcohol become viscerally obese. This suggests a link between regular alcohol use and the risk of type II diabetes. Our aim was to test whether the level of glucose was unusually high in the urine of rats that regularly drank alcohol and whether this level increased over time with continued alcohol use. We collected urine from 9 rats, which drank alcohol on a regular basis, on Wednesday mornings at two week intervals between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. We measured the glucose concentration and compared the mean concentration of glucose in the urine with the reported normal value for rats using a t-test. We also used a repeated measures Analysis of Variance to test whether the mean concentrations increased over time using repeated measures of Analysis of Variance. We expect to see elevated levels of glucose in the rat's urine and for these levels to increase over time. This would suggest that regular use of alcohol increases the risk of type II diabetes in laboratory rats.

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