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Joslin Diabetes Center | InType 2 Diabetes, Mitochondrial Damage Kills Insulin-Producing Cells | November 30, 2009

Over time, patients with type 2 diabetes lose insulin-producing cells, a difficulty that aggravates their disease. Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center now have identified a mechanism that triggers the problem, giving a chance to find targets for drugs to protect these crucial cells.

The failure arises when the insulin-producing “beta” cells, located in the pancreas, themselves fail to import insulin properly. Similar failures throughout the body, producing a condition known as insulin resistance, are a common cause of type 2 diabetes.

via Joslin Diabetes Center | InType 2 Diabetes, Mitochondrial Damage Kills Insulin-Producing Cells.

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