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Scientists Discover New Hormone for Treating Diabetes

According to an article published in Healthland Time, there has been a scientific breakthrough to help the body create more insulin. This means that for diabetic patients, insulin injections may soon be a thing of the past.

For people with type 2 diabetes, the body cannot make enough insulin to control the sugar that gets introduced in the body. If there isn’t enough insulin, the sugar builds up in the blood, and this can lead to plenty of complications such as heart damage, obesity, as well as a host of metabolic problems.

 

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Insulin injections have been effective in glucose breakdown. However, injections can be messy, time-consuming, and annoying. The problem is that scientists have not found another way to treat diabetes, and so, this is the best recourse at the moment.

However, there have been researchers from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute that have apparently discovered a hormone called betatrophin, which is supposed to be able to encourage the body to produce more insulin-producing beta cells. If this technique is proven to be effective, then regular insulin shots may not be as necessary.

This breakthrough is a big thing in diabetes research, which has been attempting to come up with different ways to supplement the body with enough insulin, such as diabetic surgery. Diabetes surgery in Costa Rica is popular with Americans, given its low cost there. Diabetes surgery in Tijuana and other medical tourism hubs of Mexico is popular with Americans who want to cut down travel costs and time, along with the medical expenses.

The head researcher, Dr. Melton, focuses on how stem cells are able to enhance the production of beta cells, and their ability to produce insulin. The doctor has even admitted to having an obsession with these cells, and that, in a nutshell, was what led the whole research team to find out about betatrophin and its important function.

In a series of studies conducted, mice were treated with other compounds that compromised their insulin-producing abilities. It was found the production of beta cells suddenly went up in these mice. Melton’s team then tried to isolate the hormone that was responsible for this action, and they found out that the hormone was betatrophin.

The next few weeks, diabetic mice were injected with the betatrophin, and it was found that the hormone increased beta cell production by 17 times. Dr. Melton was impressed with how much the beta cells multiplied after a short period of time, and decided to take the study further.

Another discovery made during the study was that beta cells appeared to be long-lasting, which means that they have the ability to control the glucose levels in diabetics and keep them in normal levels.

If the results recorded in mice are mimicked when the beta hormone is injected into people, then it is very much possible for predisposed diabetics to never even develop the ailment, as the events that lead the body to not respond to insulin could be avoided altogether.

The study is also significant for diabetics, because this may mean that they may not have to be dependent on insulin, and even get to the point where they may not need to get injections anymore, especially if their bodies are able to produce enough beta cells to give them the insulin that they require.

Betatrophin may not address insulin resistance, but it is still important for its ability to lower a diabetic’s blood sugar levels. Anything that lowers blood sugar levels is good and can make a person healthier.

Of course, there will be more studies and research that will be needed to get done before anyone can conclude that betatrophin really is beneficial to diabetic patients. However, even John Anderson, the American Diabetes Association’s president of medicine and science has expressed promise in the treatment, but for now, there is still nothing out there yet that is ready to replace insulin.

Luckily, Dr. Melton is ready to listen to all concerns, while also admitting that more research is definitely needed on betatrophin and its possible benefits on patients. He is willing to do more research on the subject to determine if betatrophin is really something that can change the scope of diabetes, and the life of diabetics forever.

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