Almost 100 years ago, researchers figured out that the failure of the beta cells of the pancreas led to diabetes. It was more than 25 years later when we first made the distinction between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In the next 15 years we discovered a medicine that made the beta cells work better.
As research has progressed to the present day, we have added multiple drugs that affect diabetes but are not about replacing insulin. This gave most of us the opinion that there were other organs that we needed to take care of.
This week in part 3 of our homerun slides, Dr. Stanley Schwartz discusses how these medications also affect the beta cells, and how they actually help preserve function.