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Comment author: morganism 05 August 2017 11:22:46PM *  1 point [-]

Could diabetes spread like mad cow disease?

"Prions are insidious proteins that spread like infectious agents and trigger fatal conditions such as mad cow disease. A protein implicated in diabetes, a new study suggests, shares some similarities with these villains. Researchers transmitted diabetes from one mouse to another just by injecting the animals with this protein. The results don’t indicate that diabetes is contagious like a cold, but blood transfusions, or even food, may spread the disease.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/08/could-diabetes-spread-mad-cow-disease

(implications for Alzheimers protein plaques too..and prion transmission is happening in the wild still, north american deer populations are infecting each other.)

Comment author: MaryCh 06 August 2017 03:58:20PM 1 point [-]

The first question is - what kind of diabetes?

Comment author: morganism 12 August 2017 08:39:23PM 1 point [-]

That would be type 2, since it is corresponding liver damage ?