The Benefits of Balls

There may be a benefit to being a male if you have Type 1 diabetes.

This article talks about a study conducted by researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center, in which cells taken from testicular tissue can become insulin producing cells. So far, this study has only been conducted in a laboratory using either mice or cells taken from recently deceased men. When these cells are taken from the testicles, the article says that they get “confused” and become other cells.

In the studies, 1 gram of tissue can become around 1 million stem cells. When these new cells are put into mice, the glucose levels are decreased. While at this point, the results only last around a week, it looks promising so far. Is a cure for diabetes on the horizon, courtesy of testes?


About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.