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New research holds brighter picture for diabetes treatment

16 Oct

New research is emerging that gives scientists a better handle on the nature of diabetes, the 5th leading killer of Americans, with 73,000 deaths a year.What is  diabetes? It is a disease in which the body’s failure to regulate glucose, or blood sugar, can lead to serious and even fatal complications. Until very recently, the defining feature of diabetes is elevated blood sugar and the control of the disease mean controlling  the way  glucose is taken in absorbed and used for body fuel  was the key thing about this disease.  This involved, of course, the pancreas, the liver, muscle and fat. New research suggests that a hormone from the skeleton, may influence how the body handles sugar. In previous work it was shown shown that leptin, a hormone produced by fat, is an important regulator of bone metabolism. In this work the idea was that the conversation was a two-way street. the hypothesis was that if fat regulates bone, bone in essence must regulate fat..  Focusing on the cross-talk between more different organs, cells and molecules represents a “very important change in our paradigm” for understanding how the body handles glucose, said Dr. C. Ronald Kahn, a diabetes researcher and professor at Harvard Medical School.  New research is also showing that the way the body handles glucose varies from person to person  and that it may be possible to design individual protocols for individuals rather than the one-size fits all approach. The picture certainly appears brighter for future strategy to deal with this growing problem of diabetes especially Type 2 variety.

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