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Insulin and islets: understanding diabetes

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Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are characterized by increased blood glucose levels. They affect almost half a billion people around the globe, and this number is projected to rise as we reach the middle of the century.

In most individuals, blood glucose levels are kept within a healthy range by a hormone called insulin, which is secreted by the pancreas, but this fine-tuned regulation can go wrong in type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

In this animation, we lay out our current understanding of these diseases and explore active areas of research that aim to restore the body's blood glucose control.

Read more in https://www.nature.com/articles/d42859-021-00002-5

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