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A possible new treatment for diabetes

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July 23rd, 2013
A mouse

An accidental discovery in a lab has led to a potential treatment for diabetes. Researchers were using mouse models to take a closer look at how diabetes affects the body when they stumbled upon a hormone called betatrophin.

In most cases of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, beta cells in the pancreas either stop producing insulin altogether or produce insufficient amounts. Many people with diabetes have to inject insulin daily to compensate. Betatrophin caught the researchers’ attention because it stimulated the mice’s beta cells to produce insulin on their own.

Betatrophin is a hormone found only in mice, so future research will focus on whether or not it has the same effect in the human body and how to put it to use for diabetes treatment.