Type 2 diabetes is a chronic illness that can be highly manageable through diet, exercise and medications. However, several studies have tied type 2 diabetics to many other health conditions. In a new study, researchers used animal models to test the effects of a protein known as FGF1 on the symptoms of diabetes. The team discovered that just one injection of the protein could reverse type 2 diabetes temporarily.
"Controlling glucose is a dominant problem in our society," said Ronald M. Evans, director of Salk's Gene Expression Laboratory and corresponding author of the paper, according to FOX News. "And FGF1 offers a new method to control glucose in a powerful and unexpected way."