Say goodbye to the daily finger pricks and blood glucose monitor checks. Sufferers with Type 2 Diabetes might soon be able to purchase a cure that will reverse insulin resistance once and for all!
An exciting new study published in New Scientist that researchers at the University of California, San Diego have forged a new drug that cancels out the harmful condition, effectively "curing" Type 2 Diabetes (T2D).
Although it is influenced by genetics, T2D more commonly caused by a poor diet and being overweight for prolonged periods of time, especially during old age.
A person with Type 2 Diabetes has a pancreas that is either unable to produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells simply don’t react to insulin, which leads to dangerously high blood sugar levels.
Scientists had a hunch that enzyme LMPTP was responsible for the insulin resistance of T2D. So they created a drug that blocked the progress of LMPTP, which is created in the liver.
They tested the new pill, taken orally, every day on mice with T2D. Sure enough, they were right!
The mice experienced no side effects, their cells reacted normally to insulin and their blood sugar levels droped to average levels for at least 30 days.
“If this new drug works as described, it could be used to reverse insulin resistance, but we need to know first if it does that safely in people,” says Emily Burns of the charity Diabetes UK.
As of 2015, over 400 million people worldwide have diabetes and it is estimated that 90 per cent of them suffer from Type 2.
Hopefully the results are just as positive on the human trials!
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