Dopamine regulates insulin secretion through a complex of receptors, study finds

Diabetes is a lifelong, chronic health condition caused by abnormalities in the body’s production and use of the hormone insulin. Research has shown that the feel-good hormone, dopamine (DA), plays a key role in how the body regulates the production of insulin. Typically, insulin is secreted by cells in the pancreas called beta-cells, in response to glucose—a process that is aptly called glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS). DA negatively regulates GSIS, leading to transient changes in the body’s levels of insulins. But the mechanism behind this regulation was unknown, until now.

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