Dolphins offer humans a clue to treating diabetes

Dolphins have the unparalleled ability to switch off and on diabetes, men of science have ascertained, in a discovery that might lead to remedy for the disease in humans. 

 

Researchers determined that the mammal can stimulate the condition once there's little nutrient around and turn it off when nutrient is plenteous. They consider it is a unusual ability in the animal kingdom used in the mammal’s need to keep up high blood sugar levels to feed its big brain. 

Scientists also think that this is an ability that humans have dropped off through evolution and that analyzing dolphins could guide to techniques to re-activate it.

“Diabetes is to blame for 5% of human deaths globally,” said Dr Stephanie Venn-Watson, a veterinary epidemiologist and director of Clinical Research at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego. 

“Maybe this is a vestige of something dormant that could be awakened and used as a therapy or cure.”

It is believed that researching the dolphin’s DNA can bring to light how they do this switch-off and on mechanism.