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Hormone Dramatically Increases Insulin Production, Possible Diabetes Breakthrough

A hormone, called betatrophin, that may significantly improve type 2 diabetes treatment has been discovered by scientists at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), according to a report published in Cell.

The authors wrote that betatrophin might also help patients with type 1 diabetes, or juvenile diabetes when they are first diagnosed.

In animal experiments the researchers found that betatrophin caused laboratory mice to produce beta cells at up to 30 times the normal rate. Beta cells are the insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas - put simply, beta cells produce insulin.

 

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