Diabetes


Looks quite good… Professor Duan Chen is head of the
Experimental Surgery research group at NTNU. The group has had a breakthrough in diabetes research by studying rats
and what happens to the animals after they undergo bariatric surgery. So by this kind of research,
we are hoping to find a new treatment for diabetics. And from this study, we have found a small molecule
that could be very important for new drugs. Morbidly obese individuals with type 2 diabetes have seen great improvements
in their disease after bariatric surgery to control their obesity. Professor Chen and his research group now believe they have found
the hormone that is responsible for this, and that it can be developed into a medication for type 2 diabetes. Yes, that’s what we’re hoping for. And it was done in collaboration
with the Diabetes Centre at Oxford University. We think we can find a non-surgical way to cure diabetics. That means that patients could be given a new medicine
which would mean they no longer have the disease. Simply stated, it could be a cure for their disease. Currently, they have to use
insulin to keep their glucose levels in check. And in the future if we can use this hormone instead of an operation,
that would be a breakthrough for patients and less suffering for them. Rats with diabetes have undergone
bariatric surgery in the lab at St. Olavs Hospital. Cell samples from their pancreases have been analysed at the Oxford Centre for
Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Oxford. Right now we have succeeded to treat rats.
The next step will be to use the same method to treat the people. Without these animals, we could not do this kind of research, directed on people.
So the animals, especially for the laboratory animals, are really our colleagues. It is estimated that a person dies from diabetes every seven seconds,
so this discovery could have major implications. It is very big, absolutely, it opens up a whole new area for research.
It also opens a whole new world for very many people. Of course we feel very, very happy, because if we think if we can do
something to help people, that is actually the mission of our research. And we try to choose as big a problem as possible, such as diabetes or cancer,
so we feel very happy if we can make a contribution to help people.

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