Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOTOX® Mechanism May Help with Type 2 Diabetes

Understanding the mechanism by which BOTOX® works to smooth wrinkles may turn out to be helpful in developing new ways to treat Type 2 Diabetes. BOTOX® Cosmetic is best known as an injection for helping patients smooth fine lines and wrinkles in order to look their best. Not as widely known, is the fact that BOTOX® is also used as treatment for a number of medical conditions. 

These medical conditions include urinary incontinence, migraines, profuse sweating and crossed eyes, to name a few. How does BOTOX® help these conditions? It is effective due to its paralyzing impact on the muscle it is injected into. Specifically, certain proteins called SNARE (Soluble NSF Attachment Protein Receptor) are blocked from functioning. By stopping SNARE proteins from functioning, BOTOX® helps the pancreas secrete insulin, so that blocking these proteins could lead to insulin resistance which is the main characteristic 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 is concerned about the risk of diabetes and needs a diabetic eye exam they are encouraged to schedule an eyeexamination at Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham by calling 205-930-0930, visiting Alabama Eye & Cataract Center or Facebook.com/MichelsonLaserVision.

Michelson Laser Vision and Alabama Eye & Cataract Center are leading eye care centers in Birmingham located at UAB-Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205.