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Pancreas chemical to treat diabetes?

Pancreas chemical to treat diabetes?
29th June 2011

Treatment with a chemical produced by the pancreas could be used to prevent or even reverse the effects of diabetes, according to a new study, no doubt of interest to some people looking to find a care home.

Research conducted at St Michael's Hospital has found that gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is produced by beta cells in the pancreas that also make and secrete insulin.

When injections of GABA were given to mice, an animal model of diabetes was seen to be prevented or even reversed.

Dr Gary F Lewis, director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Toronto, said: "The body's immune reaction against its own insulin-producing cells is responsible for most of the damage that leads to the development of type 1 diabetes. This exciting observation may open up new avenues for the prevention and treatment of Type 1 diabetes in humans."

In other news, researchers have said that people with diabetes should undergo routine screening for hearing loss after they found the condition to be more than twice as prevalent in those with diabetes compared to those without the condition.

The research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association revealed that diabetics.

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