Great Diabetes Research from our Friends at University of Washington and Boston University

The blue spots in this image show where glucose has halted ferroelectric switching in an elastin protein. (Credit: Jiangyu Li, University of Washington)

High sugar levels in the body come at a cost to health. New research suggests that more sugar in the body could damage the elastic proteins that help us breathe and pump blood. The findings could have health implications for diabetics, who have high blood-glucose levels.

Researchers at the University of Washington and Boston University have discovered that a certain type of protein found in organs that repeatedly stretch and retract — such as the heart and lungs — is the source for a favorable electrical property that could help build and support healthy connective tissues. But when exposed to sugar, some of the proteins no longer could perform their function, according to findings published April 15 in the journal Physical Review Letters.

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