|08-11-2007, 03:46 PM||#1|
Wonder how this affects SCI?
Bones play key role in diabetes: study
Last Updated: Friday, August 10, 2007 | 12:21 PM ET
Osteoblasts release the hormone osteocalcin, which in turn increases both the secretion of insulin and insulin sensitivity, researchers report.
Bones secrete a hormone that helps regulate sugar and fat, a scientific breakthrough that could one day lead to the prevention and treatment of Type 2 diabetes, U.S. researchers report.
The scientists have discovered that certain bone cells produce osteocalcin, which controls the metabolism of blood sugar (glucose) and fat deposits through previously unknown channels.
"What this study shows is that [the skeleton] is a lively organ that has a function to regulate the biology of the other organs in the body, such as the pancreas and insulin secretion, and fat and insulin sensitivity," Dr. Gerard Karsenty, chair of the department of genetics and development at Columbia University Medical Center and the study's lead author, told CBC News.
I think over again my small adventures,
Those small ones that seemed so big,
For all the vital things
I had to get and to reach;
And yet there is only one great thing,
The only thing,
To live to see the great day that dawns
And the light that fills the world.
Anonymous (Inuit, 19th century)
T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12
|08-12-2007, 06:16 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: New Brunswick, NJ, USA
This is very interesting. People with spinal cord injury have more risk of type 2 diabetes and it is worse in people with cervical spinal cord injury than thoracic spinal cord injury.