Article by DAN VERGANO of USA Today, originally published April 29, 2013.
Triggers growth of pancreatic ‘beta’ cells
A newly discovered mouse hormone may open the door to better treatment for diabetes, researchers suggested Thursday.
The hormone, called betatrophin, triggers the growth of pancreatic “beta” cells lost or ineffective in diabetes. Insulin is produced by beta cells in the pancreas.
Diabetes afflicts more than 25 million people nationwide, according to the American Diabetes Association. It is a condition that causes high blood sugar that can lead to heart disease, kidney failure and blindness.