Researchers Discover How Beta Cell Regeneration Slows With Age

“The investigators independently identified pathways that regulate how beta cells regenerate and that explain why these cells stop replicating with age,” said Patricia Kilian, Ph.D., Director of JDRF’s Regeneration program. “This is exciting, since it suggests that controlling these pathways might enable us to restore the capability to regenerate insulin-producing cells to treat diabetes, even in older people. These findings provide new tools and insights for finding a means to overcome the loss of beta cells.”