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Toxic hormones cause both types of diabetes: study

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Aug. 20, 2014

Toxic hormones cause both types of diabetes. (Fotolia)


 

Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are both caused by the formation of toxic clumps of a hormone called amylin, a new study has found.

Insulin and amylin are produced in the pancreas and work together to regulate the body's response to food. If the body no longer produces them, blood sugar levels can rise.

Researchers from the University of Auckland and University of Manchester found some of the amylin can be deposited around cells in the pancreas as toxic clumps, killing cells, which causes diabetes.

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Lead researcher Garth Cooper had previously shown the toxic clumps cause Type 2 diabetes, but his most recent research revealed the hormone clumps are also behind Type 1 diabetes.

The results, researchers say, suggest both types of diabetes could be slowed down and potentially reversed by medicines that stop amylin from forming toxic clumps.

The study was published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

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