For many of the roughly 25,000,000 people who have diabetes in the United States, a ray of sunshine is shining through their windows today like it hasn’t in a long time. Scientists have found a new hormone that may lead to a more effective treatment for diabetes sufferers by testing it on young mice.
The hormone, which goes by the name ‘betatrophin,’ may be able to grow grow lost beta cells which are ineffective or have already died. Beta cells release insulin in the body and regulates the glucose levels in our blood. In laboratory testing, young mice given the hormone grew those cells at a rapid rate.
Doctors are calling this a truly amazing discovery that opens up a whole new world toward being able to treat diabetes much more effectively. At the same time, these same doctors are cautiously optimistic because the effects of cell growth due to the hormone need thorough testing to make sure it works and is safe for humans.
The next step is obviously to begin testing this hormone in humans and researchers acknowledge that what works in mice sometimes does not work in the human body. Furthermore, as scientists continue exploring this hormone, they will introduce it to older mice and if it’s not as effective, it may have less appeal to adults who are suffering from diabetes.
Seeing how 8.3% of the United States population has diabetes, we will have to keep a close eye on this study and hope for the best.