Pancreas Glucagon Producing Cells Can Alter Their Identity

Glucagon-producing cells in the pancreas can change identity and adapt to do the job for their neighbouring damaged or missing insulin cells, researchers at the University of Bergen, in collaboration with other international researchers, have discovered. “We are possibly facing the start of a totally new form of treatment for…Continue readingPancreas Glucagon Producing Cells Can Alter Their Identity

New Glucose Responsive Insulin Delivery System With Red Blood Cells

A new technique that uses modified insulin and red blood cells to create a glucose-responsive “smart” insulin delivery system has been developed by researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The new technique effectively reduced blood sugar levels for 48 hours in…Continue readingNew Glucose Responsive Insulin Delivery System With Red Blood Cells

Brain Insulin Signaling Points To Treatment For Alzheimer’s

Through observing similarity in the way insulin signaling works in the brain and in the pancreas of diabetic patients, researchers at Tohoku University have found what may be a promising treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Led by Dr. Shigeki Moriguchi and Professor Kohji Fukunaga, the team says that Alzheimer’s disease can…Continue readingBrain Insulin Signaling Points To Treatment For Alzheimer’s

Gut Microbiota Changes Linked To Sleep Loss

Shortening sleep changes the amount of bacterial gut species that have previously been linked to compromised human metabolic health, a new clinical study from Uppsala University suggests. Alterations in the composition and diversity of the gut microbiota have been associated with diseases such as obesity and type-2 diabetes. These diseases…Continue readingGut Microbiota Changes Linked To Sleep Loss

Protein Switch For Functional Insulin-producing Cells Found

A longstanding problem in the effort to create replacement cells for diabetic patients has been solved by scientists at the Salk Institute. The team uncovered a hidden energy switch that, when flipped, powers up pancreatic cells to respond to glucose, a step that eluded previous research. The finding results in…Continue readingProtein Switch For Functional Insulin-producing Cells Found

Cause Of Insulin Resistance In Type 2 Diabetes Found

More than 29 million Americans are currently living with diabetes. The majority have type 2 diabetes, and for them insulin resistance, the body’s inability to effectively process sugar, is a part of daily life. Therefore, understanding the cause of insulin resistance is critical to tackling this chronic disease. A new…Continue readingCause Of Insulin Resistance In Type 2 Diabetes Found

Studies Link Insulin To Brain’s Pleasure Center

Insulin, the hormone essential to all mammals for controlling blood sugar levels and a feeling of being full after eating, plays a much stronger role than previously known in regulating release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers, new studies by researchers at NYU…Continue readingStudies Link Insulin To Brain’s Pleasure Center