Injection stops diabetes in mice
There's potentially good news for those with diabetes or a high risk of developing it. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies say that with a single injection of a specific protein, they were able to restore blood sugar to healthy levels in mice with type 2 diabetes. This treatment also reversed insulin sensitivity and lacked the side effects common in most diabetes drugs currently on the market.
The team injected doses of the protein FGF1 into obese mice with diabetes to assess its potential impact on metabolism. They found that with a single dose, blood sugar levels quickly dropped to normal levels in all the diabetic mice.
The injections seemed to restore the body's own ability to naturally regulate insulin and blood sugar levels, keeping glucose amounts within a safe range.
Next steps for the research team includes understanding how exactly FGF1 works as well as preparing for human trials.