The lack of neuraminidase 1, a protein that regulates the body's sugar absorption, was associated with insulin resistance in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study in Diabetes. "If we can remove sialic acid residues from the cell surface, this will force the insulin receptor do its job of absorbing blood sugar properly. This could give doctors an opportunity to reduce the use of insulin therapy, and might help to reduce the diabetes epidemic," said researcher Alexey Pshezhetsky.

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