Sugar fuels growth of insulin-making cells

Sugar fuels growth of insulin-making cells

Research suggests new strategy for treating diabetes

By Tina Hesman Saey, 16:59 PM April 5, 2011

A spoonful of sugar may be a remedy for diabetes. The more glucose that insulin-producing cells in the pancreas use, the faster those cells reproduce, a new study in mice shows.

The findings, published in the April 6 Cell Metabolism, may help researchers devise new treatments for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes by harnessing the mechanism that leads to sugar-fueled cell growth. Such a strategy could help restore function to the cells in the pancreas damaged in diabetes while avoiding the to...

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