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Researchers may have discovered hormone to help fight Type 2 Diabetes

MASSACHUSETTS   -  Researchers at the "Harvard Stem Cell Institute" discovered a hormone that *may* provide a more effective treatment of Type 2 Diabetes.

The new hormone is called "Betatrophin."
In the study,  researchers found that Betatrophin caused mice to produce 30 times as many beta cells that produce insulin.

But these new beta cells only produce that insulin when the body needs it,
Offering the potential for the natural regulation of insulin.

If this same principle could be applied to humans, it would mean that instead of taking insulin injections three times a day, a person  would take
 an injection of Betatrophin once a week, once a month or even once a year.

Authors of the study note that while the research was done on mice, the hormone is known to exist in humans.

However, they caution that much more research is needed before Betatrophin could be available as a drug for treatment in humans