BOTOX® Mechanism May Help with Type 2 Diabetes

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BOTOX® Mechanism May Help with Type 2 Diabetes

The mechanism of action of BOTOX® and understanding how it works may prove to be useful in the diagnosis and treatment of Type 2 Diabetes. What do BOTOX® and Type 2 Diabetes have to do with each other you ask?  A new study reports that proteins affected by injections of the wrinkle relaxer BOTOX® could help scientists develop new ways to treat Type 2 Diabetes. BOTOX® Cosmetic is best known as an injection for helping patient smooth fine lines and wrinkles in order to look their best. 

BOTOX® is also used as treatment for a number of medical conditions including migraine, urinary incontinence, profuse sweating and crossed eyes, among others. In each of these cases, BOTOX® works because it has a paralyzing effect: that is, it relaxes specific muscles, which then provides the desired effect. BOTOX® accomplishes this effect by blocking certain proteins called SNARE (Soluble NSF Attachment Protein Receptor) proteins. It turns out that SNARE proteins in the beta cells of the pancreas help the pancreas secrete insulin, thus blocking these proteins in the pancreas could lead to insulin resistance which is the hallmark of Type 2 Diabetes. Understanding this mechanism will hopefully provide researchers with new ways to diagnose and treat Type 2 Diabetes in the future.

If you or someone you know would like to learn about how our understanding of BOTOX® and how it works might be helpful in diagnosing and treating Type 2 Diabetes should feel free to call The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center or to schedule an appointment.

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