A new drug intended for the cure of type 2 diabetes has been found to help with symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
The triple receptor drugs, that was originally developed to treat type 2 diabetes, were tested on mice with severe nerve cell degeneration and scientists discovered that their learning and memory formation were much improved by the drug.
Prof Christian Holscher, of Lancaster University, said his team’s research “holds clear promise of being developed into a treatment”.
He added: “Clinical studies with an older version of this drug type already showe very promising results in people with Alzheimer’s or with mood disorders.
“Further tests and comparisons with other drugs are needed to evaluate if this drug is superior.”
The drug was also able to protect nerve cell functioning, reduced Alzheimer’s-linked brain plaques, and slowed the rate of cell loss.
Doug Brown, of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “With no new treatments in nearly 15 years, we need new ways of tackling the disease.
“We must explore if drugs to treat other conditions can be of benefit.”
One Fact To Take Home.
Several studies have suggested that adults with type 2 diabetes have a highe risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
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