Iron Could Be Causing Diabetes

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By Deborah Mitchell for eMaxHealth.com

Although experts know that the beta cells in the pancreas are involved in the development of diabetes, the exact cause of the disease is still uncertain. Now researchers at the University of Copenhagen, in conjunction with those at Novo Nordisk A/S, have presented a new concept concerning the cause of diabetes, and it is linked to iron.

Iron strikes a death blow to beta cells

The pancreas is the “diabetes organ” because it produces beta cells, found in the islets of Langerhans, that play a crucial role in the disease. Briefly, beta cells respond to an increase in sugar levels in the blood stream by releasing insulin (which they store) and also producing more of the hormone so sugar can be transported into the cells.

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