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Definition: Beta Cells

Definition: Beta Cells

Beta Cells

(Células beta)

Beta cells are cells that make insulin, a hormone that controls the level of glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood. Beta cells are found in the pancreas within clusters of cells known as islets. In type 1 diabetes, the body's immune system mistakenly destroys the beta cells. Without beta cells, the pancreas can't make insulin.