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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Nifty cool!

Bones play key role in diabetes

They actually secrete a hormone, osteocalcin, that helps regulate blood sugar and maintain sensitivity of the body's cells to insulin.

It is the first time that the skeletal system has been shown to 'reach out to other organs in the body', taking an active role in the endocrine system.

Cool, huh? Granted, it's a breakthrough--and therefore beginning study. The drug benefits that could be realised, if possible, in humans may be years away, but maybe someday this substance will help control diabetes.

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