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Insulin Boosting Hormone May Be the Future of Diabetes Treatment

A new article in Bloomberg News reports “Harvard University scientists discovered a hormone that spurs the growth of beta cells, the body’s insulin factories, a finding that holds promise for treating diabetes in a new way.” The hormone, betatrophin, was found to increase beta cell growth by as much as 33 times in mice, and a nearly identical hormone functions similarly in humans. With almost 347 million people in the world with diabetes, the market for medications could reach up to $42 billion, and with conditions such as heart disease, stroke, eye disease and nerve damage arising during diabetes treatments, new drugs are constantly in demand.

Read it in Bloomberg News.

Read the study in Cell.