Loss of cells in pancreas in the elderly may cause age-related diabetes

Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have studied pancreatic islet cell loss (ICL) in people with no previous pancreatic problems. They identified key trends in the types of cells lost due to islet cell loss in different age groups and sexes, finding that ICL in the elderly population was largely due to insulin-producing beta cell loss. This may be the cause of age-related diabetes and help inform new preventative treatments.

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