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Newly Discovered Hormone Could Become Wonder Drug Against Diabetes
Science World Report ^ | April 29, 2013 | Mark Hoffman

Posted on 04/29/2013 12:24:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

A major research breakthrough was achieved in the field of diabetes by scientists at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) who discovered a hormone that could soon enable a dramatically more effective treatment of type 2 diabetes.

A hormone called betatrophin was surprisingly found to cause mice producing insulin-secreting pancreatic beta cells at up to 30 times the normal rate. The new beta cells only produce insulin when called for by the body, offering the potential for the natural regulation of insulin and a great reduction in the complications associated with diabetes.

The astonishing results of HSCI co-director Doug Melton and postdoctoral fellow Peng Yi, published in the journal Cell and supported in large part by a federal research grant, already attracted the attention of drug manufacturers which could lead to speedy clinical trials.

"If this could be used in people," said Melton, a Harvard professor and co-chair of the University's Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, "it could eventually mean that instead of taking insulin injections three times a day, you might take an injection of this hormone once a week or once a month, or in the best case maybe even once a year."

Type 2 diabetes is a disease where patients slowly lose beta cells and the ability to produce adequate insulin due to a combination of overweight and lack of exercise. One recent study has estimated that diabetes treatment and complications -- just one element of the national obesity epidemy -- cost the United States $218 billion annually, or about 10 percent of the nation's entire health bill....

(Excerpt) Read more at scienceworldreport.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bloodsugar; diabetes; hormones; medicine
Hope it's true.
1 posted on 04/29/2013 12:24:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will be approved for the market in 20 years.


2 posted on 04/29/2013 12:28:26 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Newly Discovered Hormone Could Become Wonder Drug Against Diabetes

Unless you're a member of congress or the 0bama regime, the 0bamascare Death Panels probably won't approve it for your use.

3 posted on 04/29/2013 12:36:09 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (It's not "GUN CONTROL"! It's "PEOPLE CONTROL"!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Will be approved for the market in 20 years.

Ah shi!. I'm 81 so I'll have to live 21 more years to see it works.

4 posted on 04/29/2013 12:37:47 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Will be approved for the market in 20 years.

It's a natural substance; it can't be patented.

5 posted on 04/29/2013 12:39:57 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: Logical me

“I’ll have to live 21 more years to see it works.”

“Live long, and prosper! I’ll come to your birthday party, if I’m still around.


6 posted on 04/29/2013 12:40:10 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As Benny Hill used to say..”What is the difference between a vitamin and a hormone?”

“You can’t make a vitamin”!

Badda boom!

(Kid watching TV...”What did that mean daddy?”

You’ll understand when you are older. {smirk})


7 posted on 04/29/2013 12:41:26 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Do we now register our pressure cookers?)
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To: null and void

“It’s a natural substance; it can’t be patented.”

Don’t worry! The FDA will somehow get involved anyway.


8 posted on 04/29/2013 12:42:20 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Apple Blossom; theKid51

ping


9 posted on 04/29/2013 12:44:12 PM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is the last we'll ever hear of it.
10 posted on 04/29/2013 12:44:42 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth." --Alan Greenspan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Now THAT is what I call news.


11 posted on 04/29/2013 12:45:11 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

But will probably be available soon in Mexico and other countries throughout the world at a reduced cost.


12 posted on 04/29/2013 12:47:32 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Type 2 diabetes is a disease where patients slowly lose beta cells and the ability to produce adequate insulin due to a combination of overweight and lack of exercise.

Not to be picky, but this statement at best misleading and some would argue inaccurate. The are several forms of Type II diabetes- or Adult onset diabetes. Most diabetes cases are caused by genetics. Some argue that obesity leads to diabetic symptoms, which if lifestyle is change, the symptoms subside.

This is an important distinction because we know that the vast book of pharmaceuticals are therapeutically less effective as obesity increases. Diabetic drug are case in center in this research. So although this article discusses a hormone, i.e., not a chemical drug, it could still be less effective in overweight people. The bottom line is instead of waiting 3 - 5 years for a drug, get off the couch and cut out the fast food. If you have genetic diabetes, I hope this proves to be effective. My (skinny) Dad has suffer with diabetes for 45 years.

13 posted on 04/29/2013 12:48:47 PM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

” Will be approved for the market in 20 years.”

No, approved everywhere but the USA : )


14 posted on 04/29/2013 12:49:34 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Take Vitamin D-3 5000 units. Amazing things happen if you are diabetic type II.


15 posted on 04/29/2013 12:50:16 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Yes, FDA involvement is a given, but with no patent protection, what company would invest in everything needed to manufacture and bring it to the FDA, let alone to market?


16 posted on 04/29/2013 12:52:18 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: null and void

“what company would invest in everything needed to manufacture and bring it to the FDA, let alone to market?”

Good point. Perhaps find something to combine it with to make it patentable?


17 posted on 04/29/2013 12:57:05 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

You’re today’s grand prize winner!


18 posted on 04/29/2013 12:59:36 PM PDT by daler
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To: Utah Binger

Really?


19 posted on 04/29/2013 1:15:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 11th Commandment

Type 2 is being cured on the operating table (not later, due to weight loss) by bariatric surgery.


20 posted on 04/29/2013 1:17:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes. There’s more going on than gluttony. There’s also apparently a connection to some varieties of intestinal flora.

And gestational diabetes? BANG! Gone at the moment of childbirth.


21 posted on 04/29/2013 1:22:49 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s see, cells duplicating at a rate 30x normal? I think they have a group of cells that do that.

Cancer.


22 posted on 04/29/2013 1:27:52 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Started with this a couple of years ago. Blood sugars are totally leveled out. Been taking 32 units of insulin for over forty years. May be cutting back on that.

Works for me....


23 posted on 04/29/2013 1:48:43 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: null and void
"It's a natural substance; it can't be patented"

Looks like we'll find out in June.
Justices at Odds Over Patents for Human Genes
24 posted on 04/30/2013 2:23:33 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (My world view is accurately expressed in the lyrics of " The Fightin' Side of Me")
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

Good point.


25 posted on 04/30/2013 3:40:33 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: 11th Commandment
Not to be picky, but this statement at best misleading and some would argue inaccurate. The are several forms of Type II diabetes- or Adult onset diabetes.

I agree and not just misleading, but wrong. Type I is insufficient to non-insulin production and Type II is characterized as an insulin resistance disorder that may lead to Type 1.

This is why they should never have named Type I and Type II. There should be Diabetes (Type I) and Metabolic Syndrome (Type II).
26 posted on 04/30/2013 3:51:45 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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