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Type 1 diabetes could be converted to an asymptomatic, noninsulin-dependent disorder by eliminating the actions of a specific hormone, suggests research published in Diabetes. The findings demonstrate that insulin can become completely superfluous and its absence does not cause diabetes or any other abnormality when the actions of glucagon are suppressed. Glucagon, a hormone produced by the pancreas, prevents low blood sugar levels in healthy individuals, but causes high blood sugar in people with type 1 diabetes.
"We've all been brought up to think insulin is the all-powerful hormone without which life is impossible, but that isn't the case," …