Type 2 Diabetes: How Are Animal Research and Testing Advancing Treatments?

As we reported recently, the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) launched a three-part series taking a closer look at the valuable contributions animal models have made in the hunt to treat and cure diabetes. Yesterday, FBR released the second part of the series, “How Animal Testing and Research is Advancing Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes.”

A metabolic disorder in which the body’s cells don’t sufficiently use insulin from the pancreas to turn glucose into energy, type 2 diabetes results in high blood sugar levels.  Genetic and lifestyle factors, like obesity and lack of exercise, are the primary causes.  Obesity is rising globally and it was estimated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that in 2014 22 million Americans had the disease, compared to 5.5 million in 1980.

Science, once again, has turned to animal models to stem the tide of diseases like type 2 diabetes.  A special line of mice has been developed that have the obesity and glucose intolerance that leads to type 2 diabetes.  Another rodent model, a rat, is even an identical model of human type 2 diabetes.  Animal research and testing in diabetes research is not new but it continues to be a priority for science as 1 in 3 Americans has prediabetes.

To read how rodents and even Gila monsters are helping researchers find a cure for type 2 diabetes, please click here to read, “How Animal Testing and Research is Advancing Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes.”

The first segment of the series, “Animal Research Creates Treatments and Advances for Type 1 Diabetes,” can be found here.

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