beta cell


Definition of beta cell

: any of the insulin-secreting pancreatic cells in the islets of Langerhans

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Environmental and genetic factors can lead to the destruction of the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About a Diabetic Diet," 23 Aug. 2017 Even a small amount of beta cell mass makes a major impact on function. NBC News, "Cheap blood pressure drug might slow diabetes," 9 July 2018 And in Type 2, the most common category of diabetes accounting for 90-95 percent of all cases, the body’s cells either stop responding to insulin or the beta cells can’t produce enough of the hormone. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "These insulin pills could replace daily injections for diabetics, study says," 28 June 2018 Type 1 diabetics lose their beta cells through a destructive immune reaction. Bradley J. Fikes,, "New insulin-making cells can be made in the body, study suggests," 14 June 2018 View Sample Sign Up Now Currently, diabetes is classified based mainly on age of diagnosis (younger people often have type 1) and on the presence or absence of antibodies that attack beta cells, which release insulin. Amanda Macmillan, Time, "Researchers Identify Five Different Types of Diabetes, Not Just Type 1 and Type 2," 2 Mar. 2018

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of beta cell

: any of various secretory cells distinguished by their basophilic staining characters: as
a : a pituitary basophil
b : an insulin-secreting cell of the islets of Langerhans — compare alpha cell

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