Keeping sugar levels at their usual level can be a laborious task for those with type 2 diabetes, due to regular monitoring and insulin injections, which has led a group of scientists to take the initiative to find more convenient methods to control this condition.
Among them is a research group from the University of Iowa, who have developed a kind of remote control with an operation supported by electromagnetic fields (EMF) that they assure could be useful for the management of diabetes, helping to reduce the levels of sugar in the blood and improving the body’s response to insulin.
The origin of this remote control lies in an observation made by scientists on a group of diabetic mice taken from another study on the effect of EMF on the brain, in which they noticed that they had normal levels of sugar in the blood thanks to the exposure they had had to this item.
This strongly caught the attention of study co-author Sunny Huang who, along with the rest of the team, delved further into the biological effects of EMF.
There they discovered that they can interact with specific molecules in our body, causing them to generate a biological response to their presence. One of them, superoxide, was taken as a focal point by scientists to study its activity in mice with type 2 diabetes.
When exposed to EMF, the signaling of the superoxide molecules present in the liver were altered, generating in turn a rebalancing of oxidants and antioxidants in the organ, thus improving the response of animals to insulin and reducing levels of blood sugar.
Subsequently, tests were carried out in human liver cells in which a notable improvement was observed in a surrogate marker of insulin sensitivity, a result that generates hope regarding the potential that this therapy can have when applied to people.
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