New Mechanism Discovered for Controlling Blood Sugar
Scientists at the University of Leicester have discovered a new way in which our body controls the levels of blood sugar after eating a meal. The scientists discovered the particular protein that is responsible in helping to maintain correct blood sugar levels.
Insulin Releasing Protein
"We found that in order to maintain the correct levels of sugar, a protein present on the cells that release insulin in the pancreas has to be active. This protein, called the M3-muscarinic receptor, is not only active but also needs to undergo a specific change. This change triggers insulin release and the control of blood sugar levels." Professor Tobin added: "Without the change in the M3-muscarinic receptor protein sugar levels go up in the same way that we see in diabetes.
Professor Tobin and his team are now studying the protein known as the M3-muscarinic receptor to verify if it is connected to diabetes and if it is what can be done. No formal clinical studies are underway just yet. Therefore it will be a while before any answers will be available.