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Einstein study indicates brain plays role in regulating blood sugar in humans

Posted November 8, 2011

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Einstein study indicates brain plays role in
regulating blood sugar in humans

November 7, 2011 – (Bronx, NY) – Researchers at
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have demonstrated for
the first time that the brain is a key player in regulating glucose (sugar)
metabolism in humans. The findings, published today in the online edition of the
Journal of Clinical Investigation, suggest that drugs targeting the brain and
central nervous system could be a novel approach to treating diabetes.

“The brain is the body’s only organ that needs a
constant supply of glucose to survive, so it makes sense that it would have some
say over how much glucose is produced,” said study leader Meredith Hawkins,
M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Global Diabetes Initiative at
Einstein. “This role for the brain was demonstrated in earlier Einstein studies
in rodents, but there was considerable controversy over whether the results
could be applied to humans. We hope this study helps to settle the matter.”

In an earlier study in rodents,
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