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New Research Shows Breakdown of Bone Keeps Blood Sugar in Check

Researchers led by Columbia University Medical Center have discovered that the skeleton plays an important role in regulating blood sugar and have further illuminated how bone controls this process. The finding, published in Cell, is important because it may lead to more targeted drugs for type 2 diabetes.Led by Gerard Karsenty, chair of the Department of Genetics and Development at Columbia University Medical Center, the researchers found that the destruction of old bone during normal skeletal regrowth—a process known as resorption—is necessary to maintain a healthy level of glucose in the blood.

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