Newfound hormone holds hope for diabetes treatment

2013-04-25T16:04:00Z Newfound hormone holds hope for diabetes treatmentThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 25, 2013 4:04 pm  • 

NEW YORK — Scientists have identified a hormone that can sharply boost the number of cells that make insulin in mice, a discovery that may someday lead to a treatment for the most common type of diabetes.

People have their own version of this hormone, and the new work suggests that giving diabetics more might one day help them avoid insulin shots.

That would give them better control of their blood sugar levels, said Harvard University researcher Douglas Melton, senior author of a report published Thursday by the journal Cell.

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