Scientists have just discovered a novel protein based treatment that can restore blood sugar levels to normal in diabetic mice for a period of 7 days!
Before we continue the video below give a very brief overview of just what type 2 diabetes is:
This new study was released here reviles a new way of managing type 2 diabetes. Michel Downes – a diabetes researcher at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California and a co-author of the study stated:
“they had no idea that the molecule would have this effect upon the mice”
In this study researchers injected mice with a protein called fibroblast growth factor 1 (FGF1), this protein allowed the mice to regulate insulin in their bodies with no side effects, such as weight gain or bone loss.
But just what are FGF’s ?
“Fibroblast growth factors (FGF’s) are a family of growth factors, with taking part within angiogenesis, wound healing, embryonic development and other endocrine signaling pathways. As FGFs are key players in the processes of proliferation and differentiation of wide variety of cells and tissues.”
The results are very much in their preliminary stages and it remains a far dream to go to human trials as of yet, but this is a major breakthrough non the less in the insulin-sensitizers area. However this is only a temporary cure and does rely on the individuals diet, as Marc Prentki, director of the Montreal Diabetes Research Center says
“A very important effect they see with FGF1 is a dramatic reduction in appetite that is transient… and lasts about two weeks and that overall I think they have an insulin sensitizing effect independent of appetite, but reduced appetite explains much of their beneficial effect independently of insulin action”