Beta Cell Regeneration

Can beta cells regenerate once they are dysfunctional?

Beta Cell Regeneration

In patients with type 2 diabetes, the beta cells of pancreas slowly become dysfunctional and reduce insulin production. It was believed that these cells die as diabetes progresses. It was once believed that the beta cells of pancreas do not have the ability to regenerate once they become dysfunctional. It is now known from animal experiments that beta cells of the pancreas become dysfunctional by changing themselves to immature cells or alfa cells. It is also now known that alfa cells can change their face and become fully functional beta cells. Alfa cells in the pancreas can modify themselves to produce GLP-1 which can stimulate multiplication of beta cells. Certain other cells in the pancreas can also generate beta cells. We believe that in the future there will be therapies which can help beta cell regeneration. For appointments call 0471-6662880