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Sponge Implants May Lower Blood Sugar, Says New Diabetes Research

Diabetes and Polymer Sponge

This particular behavior of fat tissues is the subject of various experiments involving polymer sponge. In his earlier postdoctoral research at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Michael Gower used poly (lactide-co-glycolide) or PLG sponge to “deliver pancreatic islets” in the fat of the mice as a therapy for type 1 diabetes. A pancreatic islet is a group of cells found in the pancreas; it produces the hormone insulin.

Michael Gower said that in this study, they tried to approach diabetes as if they’re tissue engineers. Gower also added that eating habits affect how an individual would cope with the disease. He emphasized that if a person eats poorly, doesn’t exercise at all, and are working or living in a toxic environment, then they will most likely gain more weight. Furthermore, when these fat stores (from eating irresponsibly) get too large, other parts of the body might break down, which leads to diabetes. Gower’s study focused on how to restart the sequence.

In this new research presented at the 254th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society last August 22nd, Gower, together with his colleagues in collaboration and other scientists in muscle physiology and endocrinology, wanted to know the effects of polymer sponge with fat.